A minimum unit price for alcohol

Document type
Impact Assessment
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Home Office
Home Office
Date of publication
28 November 2012
Substance Misuse
Social welfare
Material type

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Alcohol misuse costs around £21 billion per year and is associated with a range of related harms. There is consistent evidence that limiting the availability of alcohol through an increase in price leads to a reduction in consumption, and in turn, reductions in alcohol related harm. Currently, there is no minimum price threshold in place that prevents retailers from selling alcohol at very low or heavily discounted prices. Government intervention, as set out in the Alcohol Strategy, would therefore set a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol and increase the price of alcohol sold at very low or heavily discounted prices

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