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Government consults on minimum pricing of alcohol


Commenting on the publication of the consultation on minimum unit pricing for alcohol, Dr John Middleton, Vice President of the Faculty of Public Health said: "Introducing minimum pricing per unit of alcohol would be an excellent step in protecting and improving everyone's health. We are pleased that the government is consulting on this crucial issue.

"Minimum pricing will help reduce the harms of drinking to the people and communities that are affected by it, and it should also help reduce the pressures that treating alcohol-related illness puts on the NHS.

"It is vital that such a significant step is taken based on the best available evidence of what works.  That's why we support setting the price at no less than 50p per unit. The evidence is clear that this will not only help tackle the problems we have with alcohol without unfairly penalising moderate drinkers, but that it will save lives."     

The consultation, and information on how to respond, can be found on the Home Office website.  It runs for 10 weeks until Wednesday 6 February 2013. The government is proposing a minimum unit price of 45p. FPH supports it being set at no less than 50p/unit. Let us know what you think about the proposals in the consultation – email


Written: 28/11/2012 , last modified: 14/03/2013