..to a change in consumption among people drinking at harmful levels. Academic from Sheffield and Australia also found some some people experienced financial strain and they cut spending on food or bills while others switched to lower-strength drinks.
Needless to say this research, like all research, can be dissected to get what you want from it.
Notice it’s only ‘some people.’
They, ‘some people’ only ‘cut food bills’, not went without.
And, that last bit, switching to lower strength drinks? Isn’t that what the SNP wanted to happen?
Look at this quote.
Prof John Holmes, director of the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, led the study. He said people with alcohol dependence responded to MUP in different ways.
“Some reduced their spending on other things but others switched to lower-strength drinks or simply bought less alcohol,” he said.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-61710564
‘Bought less alcohol?’ Good?
Looking at the actual report’s methodology, we see sorry excuses for what was perhaps a small, probably unreliable, sample for the ‘some people’ claims (p39). They never own up to the actual sample size.
Notably, ignored by BBC Scotland, this:
We found little evidence of the other potentially harmful responses to MUP that
were discussed by stakeholders in the public debate around the policy,
suggesting such concerns were misplaced:
Some people with alcohol dependence and their family members reported
concerns about increased intoxication after they switched to consuming
spirits rather than cider. In some of these cases, people also expressed
concerns about increased violence. However, these were expressed as
concerns only and our data contain no information on actual violent
incidents. The existence and extent of these problems requires further
Few people reported substituting illicit drugs for alcohol and those doing so
were already using other substances before the introduction of MUP.
Few people reported consuming illicit produced alcohol, stealing alcohol or
committing other crimes to obtain alcohol or the money to pay for it.
There were no reports of increased incidents of acute withdrawal