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Charging 50p a unit for alcohol could save lives

15th May 2009

Sheffield University research has shown that if a charge of 50p per unit was imposed on alcohol it would raise the cost for people who drink excessively and could save lives.

Evidence submitted to the Health Select Committee revealed that raising the cost per unit would charge "moderate" drinkers - people who drank within safe limits - only £12 more annually. "Harmful" drinkers - those who drank more than ten units a day - would have to pay an extra £163 a year.

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