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New report brings boost to opposition to Cameron's alcohol pricing policy

Par Rachel Oliver Le 28 novembre 2012
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New report brings boost to opposition to Cameron's alcohol pricing policy
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pposition to Cameron’s plan to introduce a 45p minimum price for a unit of alcohol was given further momentum this week when the Adam Smith Institute released a report which heavily criticised the Sheffield Alcohol Policy model on which the government is basing its plans. The Sheffield model suggests that a minimum price of 50p per unit would reduce overall alcohol consumption in England by 6.7%. However the Adam Smith report shows that the model is “flawed” and that “its assumptions about the relationship between price and consumption have frequently been refuted by real world evidence.” John Duffy, statistician at the Adam Smith Institute and former government health official, said: "the predictions based on the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model are entirely speculative and do not deserve the exalted status they have been afforded in the policy debate." The report shows that there is no evidence to suggest the changes will reduce harmful drinking and that it is moderate drinkers who will be punished.

This move is also likely to lose Cameron votes. In three separate studies published last week – by Zolfo Cooper, BMC Public Health and BioMedCentral - research showed that consumers are highly sceptical that minimum unit pricing will do any good. As chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, Miles Beale, said: “it is hard to understand why the Government is pushing ahead with the consultation now, when there is a wall of opposition in Europe, a legal challenge in Scotland, a lack of any real evidence to support minimum unit pricing and concerns raised from within Cabinet itself.”

(Sources: offlicencenews.co.uk, harpers.co.uk, theguardian.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk)

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