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A Minimum Unit Price in the North East, a look at the evidence


On 1 May 2018 Scotland introduced a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in an effort to reduce the harm caused by the widespread availability of cheap alcohol. In many respects the North East suffers from the same alcohol harms seen north of the border. Enough alcohol is sold in the region for every drinker to be consuming well above the Chief Medical Officer’s low risk guideline of 14 units a week. We have the highest rates of alcohol related death and the highest rates of alcohol related hospital admissions in England. And the links between alcohol consumption and crime and disorder are well known.

For the first time a team from the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield have been modelling the impact a 50p minimum unit price would have on localities in the North East in terms of consumption, alcohol related deaths, hospital admissions, NHS costs and alcohol related crime. The results from this piece of work, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, will be shared at an event organised by Sheffield University at the Durham Centre, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham DH1 1TN starting at 12.30pm on Friday 20th July.

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This event is being run by the School of Health and Related Research at Sheffield University, supported by Balance. Interest in attending the event is expected to be high and numbers are restricted. As a result, in order to ensure a fair spread of representation across the region and between different organisations, we will be accepting expressions of interest only at this stage.

Please note: This does not guarantee your place. Attendance will be confirmed in mid-June.

Location: Durham

Date: 20/07/18

Venue: The Durham Centre, Belmont Ind Est, Durham, DH1 5TN

Start time: 12:30

End time: 16:00

Contact name: Allyson Peele

Contact email:

Contact telephone: 0191 3337154


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