Health and economic impact of a minimum unit price on alcohol

From a health perspective, a minimum unit price (MUP) on alcohol is expected to reduce the morbidity and mortality impact of alcohol. The higher the MUP is set, the greater will be the health benefits from such a policy. For example, if the MUP is set at R8.00 per unit, modelling exercises indicate that, over a period of 20 years, there would be 278 000 less occurrences of a person getting alcohol-related HIV, TB, interpersonal violence and self-harm, road injury, liver cirrhosis or breast cancer in the Western Cape. The MUP is estimated to generate R503 million savings in healthcare costs and R79 million in crime costs.

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