The Welsh Government should introduce the minimum unit pricing of alcohol, an independent health panel has recommended.
The Welsh Government’s Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse (APoSM)says it would help to address alcohol-related harm among people most affected by hazardous and harmful levels of drinking.
Wales has a higher rate of alcohol-related deaths than England. There were 504 alcohol-related deaths in 2012.
In the last 10 years, alcohol misuse accounted for more than 5,000 deaths in England and Wales.
“Alcohol health and social harm problems are preventable. Expert evidence and research confirms cheaper drinks are favoured by those who drink hazardously or harmfully, and a minimum unit price would have a disproportionate targeting effect on problematic drinking, reducing alcohol problems and achieving health and other benefits for individuals and our communities as a whole."
Last year, the UK Government made a controversial u-turnon the issue due to a 'lack of convincing evidence' that it would have an impact on alcohol consumption.
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