Doctors call for 50p per unit alcohol pricing

26th October, 2012 by Andy Young

Doctors in the north east of England, one of the areas worst affected by alcohol harm, have called for a 50p minimum price per unit.

The call by medics in the area is higher than the 40p per unit, which has been suggested as a minimum alcohol price for England and Wales.

The Daily Telegraph reported that the prime minister has backed a 40p per unit minimum price, which the Home Office claims would mean “50,000 fewer crimes each year by the end of the decade”.

In Scotland the devolved government recently passed legislation to set a 50p per unit minimum price. That legislation is now facing a legal challenge from Bulgaria and the Scotch Whisky Association is seeking a judicial review.

A group of leading medics from the….

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