Research published today and covered on the BBC Scotland website, for easy comparison with Reporting Scotland, reveals:
Professor Jim Lewsey:
Incorporating data from England and Wales into our analysis controls for any changes in sales in a neighbouring region where the legislation was not introduced. We’ve also been able to adjust for other factors, such as household income, sales of alcohol through pubs and clubs and of other drink types. Alongside a range of additional analyses accounting for various other factors, we have demonstrated that the introduction of MUP was associated with a fall in population consumption of off-trade alcohol of between 4 and 5%.
Lucie Giles, Public Health Intelligence principal at Public Health Scotland:
Over the same period in England and Wales, per adult alcohol sales increased. Nah Nah!
She didn’t really say Nah Nah. I must have been thinking it.
Minimum unit pricing (MUP) was introduced in Scotland in May 2018 after years of opposition from the Whisky corporations and, until 2012 when they u-turned, the Scottish Conservatives . It targeted low-cost, high-strength drinks, setting a minimum unit price of 50p per unit.
The research was a Public Health Scotland collaboration with Glasgow University.