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GPs call for increase in alcohol prices to protect patients

The survey was carried out by Balance, the North East Alcohol Office. Photo: ITV

A group of North East GPs have signed an open letter backing the Government's intention to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol and calling for it to be at least 50p.

The majority of the region's influential clinical commissioning groups have signed the open letter.

The groups, which represent the region's GPs, will be in charge of commissioning health services for the North East from next year.

The findings show that:

  • 7 in 10 say increasing the price of alcohol would reduce health harms.
  • 8 in 10 support a minimum unit price.
  • Almost 6 in 10 strongly support the measure.

The results were announced today as part of a campaign by *BALANCE *aimed at increasing awareness of the impact of alcohol misuse.