HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Government alcohol announcement

Minimum pricing has been abandoned in England and Wales and replaced with a ban on “below-cost selling”.

Analysis using the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model predicts that the impact on the five per cent of the population who drink at harmful levels is a 0.08% reduction.   The central estimates for the impact on alcohol-related harm is a reduction of approximately 15 alcohol related deaths per year, 500 hospital admissions and 900 alcohol-related crimes.  The original proposal of a minimum price of 45 pence per unit of alcohol is estimated to produce effects around 40 to 50 times larger than that of banning below-cost selling.

These estimated policy impacts are results from version 2.5 of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model. A detailed research report on minimum pricing policies and a separate addendum on below-cost selling are available here.

The University press release here.

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