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Stockwell, Tim and Thomas, Gerald (2013) Is alcohol too cheap in the UK? The case for setting a minimum unit price for alcohol. London: Institute of Alcohol Studies.

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This paper offers a perspective on the research evidence for minimum pricing for alcohol as a public health measure from a country where this policy idea originated. It looks at the current data on the negative impacts from heavy drinking in the UK, framing the need for an effective policy response, and gives an overview of the evidence to support minimum unit pricing (MUP) as a means of addressing the issue. In presenting the evidence to support MUP, this paper addresses some common criticisms of the policy, including those that have originated from alcohol industry sources. It concludes that policymakers can be confident that substantial total net health and social benefits will follow if MUP is introduced in the UK.


Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Report
Drug Type
Alcohol
Intervention Type
Policy
Date
May 2013
Pages
22 p.
Publisher
Institute of Alcohol Studies
Place of Publication
London
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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