Minimum price for alcohol could hurt poorest most

Christopher Snowdon appears on BBC Radio Sheffield

IEA Director of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon appeared on BBC Sheffield responding to a paper by the University of Sheffield saying that introducing a minimum price for alcohol would reduce deaths and hospital admissions amongst high risk drinkers. He argued that the  figures are down to fantasy modelling based on the misconceptions such as the belief that alcoholics, usually among the poorest in society, are more responsive to price increases than moderate drinkers and that there are no substitution effects or unintended consequences from ratcheting up prices.

You can listen to the programme here. Christopher's segment starts at 1.02.19

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