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Two North East councils call for change in alcohol law

BBC Newcastle

Two North East councils are backing calls for a law which would ban strong alcohol being sold at "pocket money prices".

Sunderland City and South Tyneside Borough councils support an MUP - that's a minimum price for every unit of alcohol in a drink.

It already exists in Scotland where a unit of alcohol costs at least 50p.

Sheffield University research says a similar rule in England would save hundreds of lives over 20-years in Sunderland and South Tyneside and save their local NHS services more than one and a half million pounds a year.