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[Correspondence] Action on minimum unit pricing of alcohol: a broader need

The impending minimum unit pricing (MUP) of alcohol in Scotland, commented on by Richard Horton in The Lancet (Jan 13, p 106),1 focuses attention on this public health strategy again. However, this strategy is a live issue well beyond the UK. An MUP has existed in Canadian provinces since the 1990s and in several eastern European countries since 2008.2 Nevertheless, the Scottish MUP of £0·50 per unit of alcohol is likely to have only a moderate effect because the amount was based on 2010 prices.