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Health expert calls for minimum alcohol pricing across Europe | The National

Professor Jurgen Rehm, an adviser to the World Health Organisation (WHO), suggested people should drink no more than one unit of alcohol per day.

Speaking at a joint meeting on alcohol and health being held in Edinburgh, led by the WHO and the Alcohol Policy Network in Europe, Rehm said minimum pricing is serious “ammunition” in the fight against alcohol-related harm and lamented relatively low levels of use across Europe.

The call came amid predictions MUP will have a “significant impact” on health outcomes in Scotland.

The Scottish Government policy to set a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol finally came into force in May after years of delays due to a legal challenge.

It was estimated the move could save around 392 lives in its first five years in Scotland where, on average, there were 22 alcohol-specific deaths every week and 697 hospital admissions.

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