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Cuts in alcohol duty linked to 2000 more alcohol-related deaths

Government cuts to alcohol taxes have had tragic consequences for public health, including nearly 2,000 more alcohol-related deaths in England since 2012, according to new research out today. The findings come as Chancellor Sajid Javid considers whether to cut or raise alcohol duty in the forthcoming Budget.

The research, carried out by the University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), modelled the impact of the UK Government’s decision to abolish the alcohol duty escalator in 2013; a policy which had previously seen alcohol prices rise at 2 per cent above annual inflation rates.

Since then the Government has also frozen and made further cuts to alcohol duty, leading to lower prices and ensuring shop-bought alcohol is more affordable than at any time in the past 30 years.

Separate figures for the North East show alcohol results in around 1,500 deaths a year (2017) while it costs the NHS £209 million a year for services such as hospital admissions, A&E attendances, ambulance callouts and treatment for alcohol dependency (2015-16).

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