Polish gov’t supports minimum alcohol pricing

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The Polish government has supported the introduction of a common alcohol strategy during a meeting of ministers of health in Riga. The strategy included a commitment to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol and to ban alcohol advertisements, including beer, Polish daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported.

This will result in a price increase as it is expected that the cheapest beer would cost around PLN 4 (currently around PLN 2), and a bottle of vodka will be sold at approximately PLN 32 (currently some PLN 20).

The idea of minimum alcohol pricing was also included in the National Program for Prevention of Alcohol Related Problems, which foresees a minimum price of PLN 2 per 10 grams of pure alcohol.

“Pricing policy is one of the most efficient methods to fight against alcoholism,” deputy minister of health Igor Radziwiłł-Winnicki was quoted as saying.



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