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Health experts call for European countries to follow Scotland’s lead on minimum alcohol pricing | The Scotsman

Health experts have called on countries across Europe to follow Scotland’s lead in introducing alcohol minimum pricing as they recommended daily consumption levels equivalent to less than a small bottle of beer.

Specialists from the World Health Organisation (WHO), meeting in Edinburgh, said that while it was too early to gauge the impact of minimum pricing in Scotland, it had “significantly” reduced alcohol-related harm after being introduced in Russia in 2010.

An EU-funded project carried out by the WHO has found that while there have been decreases in heavy episodic drinking and drink-related deaths across 30 European countries between 2010 ans 2016, there has been no significant changes in overall alcohol consumption.

The experts say cancer is the cause of almost one third of all alcohol-attributable deaths.

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Dr Jürgen Rehm, a Canada-based adviser to the WHO, said: “Very clearly, minimum unit pricing is going to have a significant impact. The countries that have implemented that have had pretty great success. Unfortunately, there’s not that many countries which have done so.

“Overall there are six countries (in the world) where we have minimum unit pricing. The data is mainly coming from Russia and Canada and it has been quite successful.”

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