The law on Minimum Unit Pricing is set to pass in Wales today. Assembly Members will be voting on the Bill in the Senedd later this afternoon. Ministers believe tackling excessive drinking could save one life a week and 1,400 hospital admissions a year.
The British Liver Trust believes that introducing this measure is especially important, given that alcohol deaths in Wales increased by 9% in 2016 compared with 2015. Alcohol misuse is a major cause of liver disease. Mortality rates are above those in England, with deaths from chronic liver disease here having more than doubled in the last twenty years.
Minimum unit pricing (MUP) is one of the most effective and cost-effective measures to reduce alcohol-related harm and it will improve and protect the health and well-being of the population of Wales significantly.
Read the BBC article here