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Letters Minimum unit pricing for alcohol

Minimum unit pricing for alcohol: Scotland the brave

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 24 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6105
  1. Christopher J Graham, masters student (public health) and online education officer12
  1. 1Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  2. 2Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ, UK
  1. christopher.graham{at}

On 1 May 2018, Scotland courageously (after years of legal challenge by alcohol companies) implemented a world first: a national minimum unit pricing (MUP) policy with a mandatory lowest retail price per unit of alcohol.123 O’Donnell and colleagues provide encouraging evidence that this policy is effective, with weekly purchases reduced by 9.5 g of alcohol per adult per household.1 In the linked editorial, Mooney and Carlin argue that the rest of the …

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