Doctors call again for 50p minimum unit pricing for alcohol

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Doctors call again for 50p minimum unit pricing for alcohol
Senior health professionals have again called for a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol to help tackle what they label "the impact of excessive alcohol consumption".

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph​, a group of 20 doctors claim minimum pricing would help resolve the current reported A&E crisis

"Successive governments have failed to enact evidence-based policies that would save lives and ease pressure on the health, policing and criminal justice systems,” they write.

The letter states: “A 50p minimum unit price for alcohol, regulation to protect children from alcohol marketing, improved alcohol labelling and the establishment of alcohol care teams with specialist consultants and nurses are simple measures, none of which would punish responsible drinkers, that must be adopted urgently in order to reduce pressures on A&E departments.”

Signatories to the letter include Prof Sir Ian Gilmore, past president of the Royal College of Physicians and chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance, who has long campaigned for the introduction of minimum unit pricing.

The Government shelved plans for its introduction in 2013, instead opting for a ban on selling alcohol at below cost price.

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3 comments

VAT

Posted by John B Hughes The Sun Inn,

Minimum price will not stop pubs from closing, or cheap drink in supermarkets.
CUT the VAT to 5% for Pubs, especially small hubs and yenanted houses. Increase the VAT ON ALCHAHOLE SOLD IN SUPERMARKETS BY 20%.
This should benefit small pubs and resterants and increase revenue for the government

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50p unit price

Posted by Skipper bertie,

It would be easier to prescribe if it was all the same price! Only Joking.The next thing will be rent or rates on the seats in pubs for the casual drinker!

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Pesky Doctors

Posted by Alan Thompson,

Those pesky doctors will do anything to stop supermarkets and off-licences selling dirt cheap booze to kids and alcoholics.

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