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Nice calls for minimum pricing on alcohol

Published on 01/06/2010
The UK's main health advisory body is set to call for minimum pricing on alcohol in a bid to tackle the growing binge-drinking epidemic.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) is believed to back plans for the introduction of an alcohol unit pricing strategy that would deter underage drinkers and also limit overall consumption.

According to reports in the media, Nice will argue for a minimum price of 50p per unit, in line with the proposals currently being considered by ministers in Scotland for such a move.

The British Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and of Nursing have already lent their support to the initiative, which the Scottish National Party is hoping to introduce north of the border.

However, Nice's proposals could lead to the implementation of a similar scheme in the rest of the UK.

Research conducted by the University of Sheffield indicates that a minimum price of 50p for a unit of alcohol would be enough of a deterrent on binge drinking to save 3,400 lives a year.
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