ENCOURAGING REPORT ON IMPACT OF MINIMUM UNIT PRICING WELCOMED
Keith Brown MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Clackmannanshire & Dunblane constituency, has welcomed research published this week by Public Health Scotland as part of the evaluation of the Minimum Unit Pricing policy which was introduced by the Scottish Government in 2018.
Speaking this afternoon, Keith said:
“The Scottish Government’s Minimum Unit Pricing policy is working. That is the message I take from the research that has been published this week by Public Health Scotland.
“Not only does it find that, of those who are accessing alcohol dependence treatment, fewer are consuming very low-cost alcohol, it also finds that there was no significant evidence that people are substituting alcohol with drugs or what is described as ‘non-beverage alcohol’, nor by stolen alcohol.
“This is extremely encouraging, as is the fact that we have already seen that the number of deaths wholly caused by alcohol fall by 10% in 2019 on the previous year.
“The needs of those with alcohol dependency are complex and nobody believed for one minute that Minimum Unit Pricing was a magic wand but the impact that it appears to have had really does seem to be extremely encouraging.”