Minimum unit pricing for alcohol is firmly back on the agenda after a government-commissioned public health report named it as an option to tackle related issues.

The review, by Public Health England, said minimum unit pricing (MUP) and increased taxation would reduce the affordability of alcohol and cut alcohol-related health issues.

Paul Baxter, chief executive of the NFRN, which supports MUP, said: “Alcohol consumption is a serious problem that costs the NHS millions of pounds, but the critical issue is the crime it fuels and the anti-social behaviour that is felt hardest in independent retailers. As a general rule, we support education above legislation but the ongoing and heavy promotion of alcohol across the industry proves that self-regulation is not working.”