A group of statisticians at the Sheffield University in the UK is claiming that the government in England, if follows an approach of Scotland, can save thousands of older lives each year, as per a recent report.
Scotland is to price alcohol at 50p per unit and thus, would probably become the first country to bring out minimum pricing for alcohol. It is being suggested that England should also roll out a similar plan. The reason behind the same is the increasing trend of binge drinking by elderly people in the nation.
The picture is really worsening as well as worrying. Since, it has been found that the alcohol-related injuries take the over-65s to hospitals more than 16-24 year-old people.
It is being said that the step would save a minimum of 50,000 pensioners from facing death over a period of coming 10 years. England and Wales are, however, being urged to keep alcohol pricing at 40p per unit so that the problem of drinking amongst the elderly could see a significant decline.
Besides, researchers believe that the NHS could save a lot too. "Very cheap cider, very cheap strong lagers are the alcohol products that will get an increase in price most", said Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Deputy First Minister.
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