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A plan by the SNP in Scotland to introduce a minimum price for alcohol, has won the backing of an academic report which suggests that it could save hundreds of lives each year.
It is being proposed that a 40p per unit minimum level on alcohol could save around 70 alcohol-related deaths in its first year. Not only that, but it is thought that it will cut crime, improve absences from work and improve overall quality of life, according the academics at Sheffield University.
Add on another 10 years, and the study predicts that it could save the health service GBP £160 million, and lead to 370 fewer deaths per year.