Evaluating the impact of Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland
A new study has just been published which looks at the impact of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol that came into effect in Scotland in 2018. It provides a descriptive analysis of the impact of MUP on the volume of pure alcohol sold in the off-trade in Scotland in the 12 months following implementation of MUP.
Analysis of alcohol sales data has shown that, in the 12 months following the implementation of MUP, off-trade alcohol consumption at a population level fell in Scotland while it rose in England & Wales over a similar period. A step change, in the form of an increase, in the average sales price of off-trade alcohol was apparent in Scotland following the implementation of MUP. The changes in both per-adult sales and average sales price post-MUP have differed by drink category.