Call for minimum alcohol unit price

These figures underline the urgent need for a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol, which would hit younger drinkers and heavy drinkers, while not greatly affecting moderate drinkers.

– Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians

Alcohol abuse is one of the greatest threats to public health in this country and it can only be tackled by robust regulation of the industry, along with a minimum unit price to prevent binge drinking.

– Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary at the Royal College of Nursing

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