Impact of minimum price per unit of alcohol on patients with liver disease in UK

Sheron, Nick, Chilcott, Fern, Matthews, Laura, Challoner, Ben and Thomas, Maria (2014) Impact of minimum price per unit of alcohol on patients with liver disease in UK. Clinical Medicine, 14, (4), 396-403. (doi:10.7861/clinmedicine.14-4-396). (PMID:25099842).


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The slow epidemic of liver disease in the UK over the past 30 years is a result of increased consumption of strong cheap alcohol. When we examined alcohol consumption in 404 subjects with a range of liver disease, we confirmed that patients with alcohol-related cirrhosis drank huge amounts of cheap alcohol, with a mean weekly consumption of 146 units in men and 142 in women at a median price of 33p/unit compared with £1.10 for low-risk drinkers. For the patients in our study, the impact of a minimum unit price of 50p/unit on spending on alcohol would be 200 times higher for patients with liver disease who were drinking at harmful levels than for low-risk drinkers. As a health policy, a minimum unit price for alcohol is exquisitely targeted at the heaviest drinkers, for whom the impact of alcohol-related illness is most devastating.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.7861/clinmedicine.14-4-396
ISSNs: 1470-2118 (print)
1473-4893 (electronic)
Keywords: alcohol, alcohol policy, cirrhosis, liver, minimum unit price
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RB Pathology
Divisions : Faculty of Medicine
ePrint ID: 365134
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 August 2014Published
Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 09:35
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 15:12

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