In an episode of its Panorama programme, originally broadcast on 10 September, the BBC presented figures obtained as a result of new research conducted by the University of Sheffield which claimed 50,000 deaths of over-65-year-olds could be prevented if a minimum per unit price for alcohol was introduced.
However a 'human error' at the Yorkshire-based University had led to the figure provided to the broadcaster being four to five times higher than the correct statistic.
A statement on the BBC Panorama website said: "The University emphasised the human error was wholly on their part and has apologised unreservedly to the BBC. The programme has been temporarily removed from iPlayer and is being re-edited to reflect the correct figures."
The Department of Health is consulting in the autumn on a possible minimum price per unit of alcohol after the policy was announced in this year's Alcohol Strategy while the Scottish Government is also planning to implement minimum pricing at 50p per unit.