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Health minister: 'Indisputable evidence price of alcohol matters'

The health minister Mark Drakeford says today's report supports the view that a minimum unit pricing of alcohol will help prevent alcohol misuse in Wales.

The Welsh Government first introduced the proposals in a public health White Paper in April which also included a ban on e-cigarettes in public places.

"There is indisputable evidence that the price of alcohol matters. It is no coincidence that as the affordability of alcohol has improved substantially so has alcohol-related death and disease.

“A minimum unit price will make a strong contribution to preventing alcohol overuse and misuse and reducing alcohol-associated illnesses. The panel’s report supports this view. “We will now develop our proposals further with a view to introducing the Public Health Bill in early 2015.”

– Professor Mark Drakeford

Tackling health issues affecting ethnic minorities

The event hopes to raise more awareness of the issues that specifically affect people from ethnic minorities Credit: PA

A Health fair is being held later today to tackle issues that specifically affect ethnic minorities.

A host of organisations including Cardiff and Vale University Health Board worked together to arrange the event.

It's hoped it can encourage greater awareness of issues which disproportionately affect people from black and minority communities.

For example:

•Men from a South Asian background are 50% more likely to have a heart attack or angina.

• Men of Bangladeshi origin are almost four times more likely to develop diabetes.

• People of African heritage and other ethnic minority communities are at greater risk of sight loss conditions like glaucoma.

Today's event takes place at Cardiff City Hall.

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