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

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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.

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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), pp. 396-403. (doi:10.7861/clinmedicine.14-4-396). (PMID:25099842).

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Published date: 1 August 2014
Keywords: alcohol, alcohol policy, cirrhosis, liver, minimum unit price
Organisations: Faculty of Medicine

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Local EPrints ID: 365134
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/365134
ISSN: 1470-2118
PURE UUID: 162da22f-e60b-4516-85e4-74605c2f698c
ORCID for Nick Sheron: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5232-8292

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Date deposited: 27 May 2014 09:35
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 02:24

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Author: Nick Sheron ORCID iD
Author: Fern Chilcott
Author: Laura Matthews
Author: Ben Challoner
Author: Maria Thomas

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