Introduction Of 50p Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol Approved In Assembly Vote

Friday 29 November, 2019 Written by 
Introduction Of 50p Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol Approved In Assembly Vote

HEALTH - The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Act 2018 will mean that it will be an offence for alcohol to be supplied below that price in Wales.

In Wales there are 60,000 admissions to hospital every year, because of alcohol. Alcohol costs the NHS £159 million annually. In 2018, there were 535 alcohol-related deaths in Wales.

The new law supports the Welsh Government’s comprehensive work to tackle harmful and hazardous drinking by tackling the availability and affordability of cheap, strong alcohol, which is part of wider efforts to improve and protect the health of the population of Wales.

Research estimates that introducing a 50p minimum unit price (MUP) would:

  • result in 66 fewer deaths and 1,281 fewer hospital admissions in Wales per year 
  • would save the Welsh NHS more than £90 million over 20 years, in direct healthcare costs
  • would reduce workplace absence, which is estimated to fall by up to 9,800 days per year
  • over a 20 year period, the introduction of a MUP could contribute £783 million to the Welsh economy in terms of the reduction in alcohol-related illness, crime and workplace absence.  

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