The price of a drink – too exactly? Flawed evidence for minimum unit pricing


  • John C. Duffy

    1. For many years an academic statistician in the Universities of Birmingham and Edinburgh with particular interests in applications in health and epidemiology. Now retired, he is a statistical and policy consultant based in Edinburgh.
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The UK government has been considering whether to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol. Extraordinarily precise benefits have been claimed for the measure, down to exactly how many lives a year will be saved. But are the statistics real or illusory? John C. Duffy says they are flawed to the point of uselessness.