Reported in the BBC, introducing a minimum price per unit of alcohol in England would improve the health of the heaviest drinkers, a review by Public Health England says.

The report found that although alcohol consumption has dropped since 2008, those in poorer communities are more likely to suffer or die from an alcohol-related disease.

The coalition government rejected a minimum price for alcohol in 2013.

Health ministers said they would look at the evidence carefully.

The public health review says that alcohol is now more affordable and people are drinking more than they did 40 years ago, making it the leading risk factor for ill-health, early death and disability in those aged 15 to 49 in England.

More adults are non-drinkers but there are still more than 10 million people in England drinking at levels that could damage their health.

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