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Readers panel: Should the rest of the UK follow Scotland’s lead on minimum pricing for alcohol?

Scotland has introduced minimum unit pricing for alcohol. The RCN welcomed the move, with public health lead Helen Donovan saying it will save lives. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Scotland has introduced minimum unit pricing for alcohol. The RCN welcomed the move, with public health lead Helen Donovan saying it will save lives. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Grant Byrne is a nursing student in Edinburgh @GGByrne

Alcohol has never been more affordable for us as individuals, or more costly to us as a society. According to the Scottish Government, alcohol is 60% more affordable in the UK than it was in 1980, and it is possible to exceed the recommended 14 units per week limit for less than £3. Minimum pricing could help to reverse this trend, and the rise in harmful drinking that comes with it. This is a first step, and I hope the rest of the UK will follow Scotland’s example.

Jane Scullion is a respiratory nurse consultant in Leicester @JaneScullion

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