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FACT #32

Did you know minimum unit pricing for alcohol reduces health inequalities and mortality?

Within the WHO European region, there is an inverse relation between the price of alcohol and liver-related mortality rates, supporting the health benefits of harmonising alcohol taxes at a higher level. Various types of price regulation and taxation strategies have been shown to be effective and cost-effective, and the social policy experiment of minimum unit pricing in Scotland reinforces its effectiveness, especially in terms of reducing health inequalities. The evidence in favour of minimum unit pricing is robust and comes from several sources.

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Pimpin L, Cortez-Pinto H, Negro F, et al. Burden of liver disease in Europe: epidemiology and analysis of risk factors to identify prevention policies. J Hepatol 2018; 69: 718–35.

Burton R, Henn C, Lavoie D, et al. A rapid evidence review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alcohol control policies: an English perspective. Lancet 2017; 389: 1558–80.

Stockwell T, Zhao J, Giesbrecht N, Macdonald S, Thomas G, Wettlaufer A. The raising of minimum alcohol prices in Saskatchewan, Canada: impacts on consumption and implications for public health. Am J Public Health 2012; 102: e103–10.

Stockwell T, Zhao J, Martin G, et al. Minimum alcohol prices and outlet densities in British Columbia, Canada: estimated impacts on alcohol-attributable hospital admissions. Am J Public Health 201103: 2014–20.

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