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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.


Date:May 2013
Pages:22 p.
Publisher:Institute of Alcohol Studies
Place of Publication:London
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > Drugs and alcohol disorder > Alcohol use
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic policy
L Social psychology and related concepts > Economic availability or accessibility
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic aspects of drugs and alcohol (cost / pricing)

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