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(2012) The UK takes action on alcohol. The Lancet, 379, (9982), p. 1172. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60491-7.

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Editorial: Bold policy moves to promote public health have not defined the current UK Coalition Government. Last week, however, saw signs of a new approach to alcohol that could finally make health professionals breathe a sigh of relief. The government's latest alcohol strategy states that a minimum unit price for alcohol will soon be introduced in England and Wales (it is already poised for introduction in Scotland). £0·40 per unit has been mooted as the price but the government will consult on the level in the coming months with “a view to introducing legislation as soon as possible”. Additionally, the government will consult on a ban on multibuy promotions in shops, clamp down on alcohol marketing deemed unacceptable by regulators, and work with regulators to ensure alcohol advertising is not shown during television programmes with high appeal to people younger than 18 years of age.

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