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Alcohol pricing reform moves closer

Doctors have enthusiastically welcomed a legal ruling that should pave the way towards a minimum unit price for alcohol.

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    Minimum unit pricing

    The BMA believes the minimum price for alcohol should be no less than 50p per unit. Read more about our policy and work on minimum unit pricing of alcohol.

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    Our response to no increase for NHS budget

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