The House of Commons Health Committee have released their report on the UK Government's Alcohol Strategy. The SHAAP response can be read here.
In response to the announcement SHAAP issued a press release that can be read here. Dr Peter Rice, chair of SHAAP said: "SHAAP welcomes the announcement of further progress towards minimum unit pricing. We first called for this in 2007 because of our concerns about the effect of cheap alcohol on Scotland’s health. The Medical and Nursing Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland were united in the view that action was needed. We need price controls that are effective in all economic circumstances, and don’t leave crucial decisions affecting health in the hands of the retailers and Minimum Unit Price achieves this."
The WHO is currently consulting on a monitoring framework and targets for the prevention and control of NCDs. This follows the UN High-level meeting on NCDs in September, which identified four main common risk factors: tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity.
Alcohol was previously included in the major risk factors for NCDs and the first draft of the WHO monitoring framework and targets included a target to achieve a 10% relative reduction in per capita consumption of litres of pure alcohol among persons aged 15+ years. In the latest WHO discussion paper this target has been omitted.
The SHAAP response can be downloaded here.