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Minimum alcohol prices in Europe could significantly reduce health harms, says WHO

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1530 (Published 21 June 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1530
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

European countries could significantly reduce the health harms caused by alcohol consumption by introducing minimum pricing for alcoholic beverages, the World Health Organization has said.1

The No Place for Cheap Alcohol report, published 21 June, has said introducing minimum prices alongside alcohol taxes would limit access to high strength, low price alcohol which is associated with heavy drinking and high levels of harm. It highlighted minimum unit pricing—where the minimum price of a product is determined by the alcohol content only—as one of the most effective policies.

Alcohol is one of the …

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