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Alcohol sales fall in Scotland a year after minimum pricing took effect

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 19 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4296
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

Sales of alcohol in Scotland have fallen to their lowest recorded level in the year since the price of cheap drinks was increased to curb the harm caused by alcohol.

Although it is too early to draw clear conclusions about the effect of minimum unit pricing, the figures on alcohol sales are being seen as positive.

Scotland introduced a minimum price of 50p a unit for alcohol in May last year after a six year legal battle with the drinks industry.1 Modelling carried out on behalf of the Scottish government indicated that higher prices of …

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