Minimum pricing 'least popular' measure to improve public health

By Ellie Bothwell

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Related tags: Moderate alcohol consumption, Health care, Health, Public health

The Government ditched plans to introduce minimum pricing in July
The Government ditched plans to introduce minimum pricing in July
Minimum pricing for alcohol is the least popular measure the government could introduce to improve public health, according to a recent poll conducted by mruk research.

Only 6% of respondents said they would prioritise alcohol pricing, whereas 37% said they would target increasing cigarette tax and 14% would prefer a tax on unhealthy, high-fat foods. 

Rachel Cope, head of mruk research, said: “Whilst almost everyone recognises the impact of smoking on health, that’s not the case with moderate alcohol consumption. If there’s no perceived impact on health then people see minimum pricing as just another tax.”

The poll was carried out in light of the fact that politicians and health services are looking at effective ways to improve public health and curb anti-social behaviour. A sample of 1,058 adults from across the UK were asked to imagine they were the Chancellor of the Exchequer and needed to help the NHS save money.

The UK Government shelved plans to introduce minimum pricing in July. However, the Welsh Government is "seriously considering" such a policy and the Scottish Government is pressing ahead with plans, although the policy is still facing a legal challenge.

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