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[Irish Medical Times] , Mudiwa, Lloyd Call for minimum unit pricing. (03 Jul 2014)

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Doctors have called for the urgent introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP) in Budget 2015 to tackle harmful drinking, expressing disappointment the implementation of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which they say has the potential to save lives and to drive changes in attitudes, has been delayed.

They also want an increase in excise duty for alcohol products at least in line with inflation.

The introduction of an MUP for alcoholic beverages was the only way to promptly and substantially reduce the sale of cheap alcohol, reduce chronic alcohol-related health harm and moderate the cost to the State of the associated illnesses and social problems, according to the RCPI, citing its own data and the example of Canada.

The first study of its kind on alcohol consumption published last week — the National Alcohol Diary Survey — found that 75 per cent of all alcohol consumed in Ireland was drunk as part of a binge-drinking session, the College’s policy group on alcohol said. The Health Research Board-funded research showed that 150,000 people were “dependent drinkers” and more than 1.3 million were “harmful drinkers”.


Item Type:News
Source:Irish Medical Times
Date:3 July 2014
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Subjects:B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > Public health
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic aspects of substance use (cost / pricing)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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