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Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effects of pricing of alcoholic drinks on levels of alcohol abuse; and if he will make a statement. (318896)

In December 2008 the Department published an independent review of the effects of alcohol pricing and promotion from the School of Health and Related Research at the university of Sheffield. The review estimated the effects on health, crime and young people of a range of options including the impact of different levels of minimum unit price.

A copy of the publication “Independent Review of the Effects of Alcohol Pricing and Promotion from the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield” has already been placed in the Library.

We continue to look at how we can tackle the problems caused by cheap alcohol, while respecting the rights of responsible consumers and the Government have commissioned further research in this area.