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Letters Minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland

Recent estimates of alcohol specific deaths support alcohol minimum unit pricing

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 28 March 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q765
  1. Grant M A Wyper, public health intelligence adviser and honorary senior research fellow1 2,
  2. Lucie Giles, public health intelligence principal1,
  3. Clare Beeston, public health intelligence principal1,
  4. Tara Shivaji, consultant in public health medicine1
  1. 1Public Health Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Critics of alcohol minimum unit pricing (MUP) emphasise the overall increase in alcohol related deaths in Scotland since the policy was introduced.1

The final evaluation report on MUP in Scotland concluded that the policy had a positive effect on population level health outcomes and alcohol related health inequalities.2 The most robust population level evidence, based on data up to the end of 2020 and using England as a geographical control, …

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