Putting a price on alcohol
- By: Katherine Bettany
Medical students are renowned for their love of cheap alcohol, and rates of alcohol abuse in the medical professionals are well documented. Students and doctors aren’t alone in this—Britain, like many countries in Europe, faces a public health crisis over the widespread overconsumption of alcohol. An issue that the UK government has flip-flopped over is the introduction of minimum unit pricing to try and drive up the cost of alcohol. In their feature on p 16, Alice Buchan and Sally Marlow look at the evidence behind minimum unit pricing and whether the policy has worked in other countries.
After a drink (or two), you might feel pretty incapacitated, but mental capacity is a serious subject. This month, we have two clinical reviews to help you navigate the law surrounding the Mental Capacity Act (p 35) and how to manage the issue of consent in children (p 28). While the United