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Minimum alcohol price will save lives

7th September 2012

Research from Sheffield University has suggested that the deaths of 50,000 pensioners could be avoided over the next decade if minimum alcohol pricing is rolled out in England.

Statisticians at Sheffield University examined the likely outcomes if Scotland’s planned 50p per unit minimum price was applied in England at a time that it is estimated that 1.4m older people in Britain are drinking too much, leading to more hospital admissions. Experts are also concerned that the UK may be “on a cusp of an epidemic of people drinking problematically in old age.”

 

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