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Sheron, Nick and Chilcott, Fern and Matthews, Laura and Challoner, Ben and Thomas, Maria (2014) Impact of minimum price per unit of alcohol on patients with liver disease in UK. Clinical Medicine , 14 , (4) , pp. 1-7.

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The slow epidemic of liver disease in the UK over the last 30 years is a result of increased consumption of strong cheap alcohol. When we examined alcohol consumption in 404 subjects with a range of liver disease, we confirmed that patients with alcohol-related cirrhosis drank huge amounts of cheap alcohol, with a mean weekly consumption of 146 units in men and 142 in women at a median price of 33p/unit compared with £1.10 for low-risk drinkers.

For the patients in our study, the impact of a minimum unit price of 50p/unit on spending on alcohol would be 200 times higher for patients with liver disease who were drinking at harmful levels than for low-risk drinkers. As a health policy, a minimum unit price for alcohol is exquisitely targeted at the heaviest drinkers, for whom the impact of alcohol-related illness is most devastating.


Item Type:Article
Date:2014
Page Range:pp. 1-7
Publisher:Royal College of Physicians of London
Volume:14
Number:4
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:B Drugs and alcohol substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
G Health and disease > Digestive system disorder > Liver disorder
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care economics
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic policy
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic aspects of drugs and alcohol (cost / pricing)
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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