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Minimum unit pricing has led to drop in alcohol sales in Scotland, data show

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2815 (Published 22 November 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2815
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Scotland has seen a tangible reduction in alcohol sales in the three years following the introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP) when compared with England and Wales, a report1 has found.

Public Health Scotland and the University of Glasgow found that three full years after it was rolled out in May 2018, MUP was associated with a 3% net reduction in total per adult alcohol sales in Scotland, when adjusting for alcohol sales in England and Wales and other factors such as the covid-19 pandemic.

Experts said the study methods gave confidence that …

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