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Renewed calls for MUP in England

Renewed calls for MUP in England

 

Balance renew calls for minimum unit price for alcohol in England

North East campaigners have renewed calls for the Government to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol in England after new figures revealed the number of deaths directly caused by alcohol fell by 10% in the first full year after the measure was introduced in Scotland.

The call comes from Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, after data from the National Records of Scotland revealed there were 1,020 alcohol-specific deaths in 2019 - a fall of 10% compared with the previous year, and the lowest figure since 2013.

It comes amid warnings that 8.4m adults in England were drinking at high risk levels during the pandemic, up from 4.8m in February , and nearly 400,000 people in the North East are drinking more .

In the North East, there were 1,225 alcohol specific deaths between 2016-2018 . Balance is backing national health leaders and renewing calls for the Government to put MUP firmly on the agenda in England. The University of Sheffield (released in February 2020) has calculated that in the North East a 50p minimum unit price would:

• Prevent almost 2,000 deaths over the next 20 years
• Avoid over 3,200 hospital admissions a year
• Prevent over 4,300 crimes a year.

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