Welsh Government to push ahead with alcohol minimum pricing policy

By Mike Berry

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A price of 50p a unit would have significant health benefits according to the report
A price of 50p a unit would have significant health benefits according to the report
The Welsh Government has indicated it will push ahead with alcohol minimum unit pricing (MUP) policy following the publication of a report which showed it could save healthcare services £131m over 20 years.

The report, from the University of Sheffield’s Alcohol Research Group, estimates that introducing a 50p MUP in Wales would also reduce alcohol-related deaths by 53 per year and lead to a reduction in alcohol consumption by the overall population of 4%.

Health and social services minister Mark Drakeford said: “This latest Wales-specific research from Sheffield University is further evidence that introducing a minimum price for alcohol of 50p a unit will have significant benefits on the health of the nation, reducing alcohol misuse and drink-related harm.

“It would mean fewer alcohol-related deaths and ease the burden of alcohol-related harm on the Welsh NHS. It is no coincidence that as alcohol has become relatively cheaper, alcohol-related deaths and disease have increased.

“We will consider these findings and continue to develop our proposals with a view to introducing legislation.”

The Government of Northern Ireland announced it would be proceeding with its policy to introduce an MUP policy last week.

The same researchers have previously shown that introducing a 50p MUP would be substantially more effective in tackling problems caused by cheap drinks than the “negligible effects” associated with the ban on below-cost selling policy which was introduced in England and Wales by the UK Government in May 2014.

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Posted by ken nason,

Are there any pubs left in Wales?

Seems the Welsh are pre-empting the take over by UKIP and the removal of the UK from Europe who correct me if I am wrong have deemed minimum pricing as illegal.

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