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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

College encouraged by alcohol pricing reports

Embargoed until 05 March 2012

Commenting on a report in The Sunday Times and other media outlets that the Prime Minister is expected to introduce a minimum price for alcohol, Dr Peter Rice, Chair of RCPsych in Scotland, said:


"We are encouraged by reports over the weekend that the Prime Minister is expected to back a minimum price for alcohol. The Royal College of Psychiatrists is convinced by the international evidence on the key role of price, and believes a price of 50-60p per unit should be the starting point. Such a move would be a powerful factor in reducing the toll of alcohol-related harm and avoidable early deaths.

"The impact of alcohol dependence includes the contribution to suicide and self-harm, and the effects of alcohol on the moods, judgement, behaviour and functioning of consumers. Alcohol also has an indirect effect on health and well-being of parnters, children, other relatives and the wider community.

"There is already strong governmental support for minimum pricing in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and we hope the Prime Minster and his Cabinet colleagues will take a firm line on the problem of low-cost alcohol. The College eagerly awaits the government’s forthcoming alcohol strategy, and hope they will take the opportunity to address the high and rising levels of alcohol-related harm in our society."

For further information, please contact:
Sarah Nevins
Press & Social Media Officer
Telephone: 020 3701 2543
Claire McLoughlin
Media & Communications Manager 
Telephone: 020 3701 2544
Out of hours contact number: 07860 755896


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