Alcohol: Impact on Accident and Emergency Services — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:15 pm on 21st January 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Finlay of Llandaff Baroness Finlay of Llandaff Crossbench 3:15 pm, 21st January 2015

Do the Government accept that currently, the cost to the NHS of these attendances is about £120 per taxpayer for England? The arguments for minimum unit pricing are very strong, given that the attendance range peaks between the ages of 35 and 55 and yet, in that age group, you can drink your whole maximum weekly recommended amount of alcohol for less than £10 with the current pricing system. Minimum unit pricing might bring in more money to cover the cost to the NHS.