..has done little to cut drink-related harm. The free-market think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs, said alcohol consumption had fallen slightly since minimum pricing was introduced in Scotland in 2018 but claimed there was no evidence that people’s health was improving.https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001732t/reporting-scotland-evening-news-01052022
The IEA is at least identified as ‘free-market’ but, typically, Reporting Scotland forget to offer the readily available evidence to counter the claims of a group funded by the tobacco industry and in favour of abolishing the NHS.
Here’s what the Lancet had to say in May 2021:
The evidence base supporting the positive, targeted impact of MUP is strengthened by the comparable results for Scotland and Wales. The short-term impact of MUP in Scotland during 2018 is maintained during the first half of 2020. MUP is an effective alcohol policy option to reduce off-trade purchases of alcohol and should be widely considered.https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-26672100052-9/fulltext
In January 2022, a health expert said the Covid-19 pandemic significantly lessened the impact of minimum unit pricing regulations targeting alcohol abuse:
“We had a year of minimum unit pricing before the lockdowns came along, but the pandemic changed drinking patterns so much.”Dr Peter Rice, an addiction psychiatrist and former chairman of Scottish health action on alcohol problems: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/how-scotland-experienced-spike-in-drink-related-deaths-despite-minimum-pricing-rules-41219755.html