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Public Health England to review evidence on minimum unit pricing for alcohol

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Public Health England to review evidence on minimum unit pricing for alcohol 11th May 2018

It’s is reported that PHE has been instructed to review the evidence for MUP in England.

According to reports, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care Steve Brine MP said that while a previous consultation found the evidence was not conclusive, the policy was kept under review as part of efforts to tackle alcohol abuse.

He told MPs at Health questions: "The Government remains committed to tackling all alcohol-related harms. That's why we're developing a new alcohol strategy.

"And as part of this, I am commissioning Public Health England to undertake a review of the evidence for minimum unit pricing in England.
"The previous consultation in 2013 found that the evidence, as it stood at the time, wasn't entirely conclusive.

"That's still the case. That's why the Government intends to keep the policy under review.
"So we welcome to see the evidence emerge from Scotland's implementation of MUP and we'll be watching very closely."

"So look, what's happening in Scotland north of the border is very welcome. I think they're going to make an early evaluation at the one-year point, and we'll be watching that like a hawk."

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