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Evidence for the effectiveness of minimum pricing of alcohol: a systematic review and assessment using the Bradford Hill criteria for causality
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    Note on grey literature search strategy
    • Sadie Boniface, Postdoctoral researcher National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London
    • Other Contributors:
      • Jack Scannell, Honorary Fellow at the School of Social and Political Science & Innogen Associate
      • Sally Marlow, Public Engagement Fellow

    Since publication of the article, we have been made aware that although we had identified and included a number of grey literature reports using the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model, some reports by the Sheffield team had not been identified by our search strategy. As with many systematic reviews, our efforts searching for studies mainly focused on published peer-reviewed literature. Given the nature of and interest in alcohol minimum unit pricing by a number of think tanks, had we also included the websites of leading think tanks in our search.

    Some of the unidentified reports overlap to varying degrees with peer-reviewed studies by the same team which had been included in our review, such as Purshouse 2010, Holmes 2014 and Meier 2016. However had we identified others (listed below), these would have been included in the article. Whilst they use the same model and are conducted by the same team, they would nevertheless have lent further support for the consistency, specificity, dose-response, plausibility and coherence criteria.

    The conclusions of our article are unaffected, with the evidence suggesting strongly that MUP will reduce alcohol consumption and harm

    Angus, C., Meng, Y., Ally, A., Holmes, J. and Brennan, A. (2014) 'Model-based appraisal of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Northern Ireland: An adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model version 3', Sheffield: ScHARR, University of Sheffield.
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