In response to new research on the impact of introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol by the University of Sheffield, published today in the BMJ, Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA), said:
It is really powerful to see the science securely behind the impact of a minimum unit price - confirming that it is a targeted measure that has its impact on the most harmful drinkers. It is also excellent to have confirmed what we have been telling the Westminster Government, namely that a ban on below cost selling has no worthwhile impact. If our UK politicians really believe in evidence-based policy, the way forward is clearly a minimum unit price of at least 45-50p. Westminster has to get fully behind Scotland’s MUP policy initiative and help push it through the European Court of Justice for the good of the public’s health.
- Previously the AHA has called for a minimum unit price for alcohol and supports the current legislation proposed by the Scottish government. Read more on the RCP website.
- Members of the AHA include medical bodies, charities and alcohol health campaigners. AHA UK works together to:
highlight the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm
propose evidence-based solutions to reduce this harm
influence decision makers to take positive action to address the damage caused by alcohol misuse.