Judge rejects appeal against plans to introduce alcohol minimum unit pricing

So this post is a double celebration.  One major victory and one minor achievement 🙂  The major victory is by the Scottish law courts and their battle with the Scottish Whisky Association regarding the implementation of minimum unit pricing.  Those of you who have read this blog for a while will know that I have … Continue reading Judge rejects appeal against plans to introduce alcohol minimum unit pricing

This is why we need minimum unit pricing ….

This headline makes me so sad – not because I don’t want supermarkets to be successful but because it’s the unvarnished truth about pricing sensitivity and its impact on consumption.  This was featured in The Guardian in January. Supermarkets raise a toast as cheaper booze helps shift the units Soaring sales of sparkling wine, beer … Continue reading This is why we need minimum unit pricing ….

Still banging the alcohol minimum unit pricing drum

An article in The Telegraph last month raised the subject once again of alcohol minimum unit pricing (MUP).  Although there has been a great deal of media coverage of the subject already each new article appears to come at it from a different angle and so adds to our knowledge base of the surrounding issues … Continue reading Still banging the alcohol minimum unit pricing drum

Scotland: Industry, Health and Government make case for Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing

Health advocates, including doctors and nurses from Scotland and across Europe, find common cause with Scottish alcohol industry representatives in supporting the Scottish Government’s efforts to implement its Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) legislation. They call for global alcohol producers to drop their legal challenges to this policy that will save hundreds of lives of … Continue reading Scotland: Industry, Health and Government make case for Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing

Welsh govt consults on minimum pricing plans

The Welsh Government have announced a consultation on its plans to introduce a 50 pence minimum unit price (MUP), which runs until December this year. The likely success of the draft Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill will still be reliant on the outcome of the current Scottish MUP battle, still going through the … Continue reading Welsh govt consults on minimum pricing plans

Minimum alcohol pricing cuts serious crime, study reveals

This was covered in The Guardian in June and looked at a Canadian study exploring the rates of crime with minimum unit pricing. Imposing a minimum unit price for alcohol leads to a dramatic fall in drink-related crime, including murders, sexual assaults and drink-driving, a new study shows. Crimes perpetrated against people, including violent assaults, … Continue reading Minimum alcohol pricing cuts serious crime, study reveals

Alcohol: preventing harmful alcohol use in the community

In March the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) launched a new quality standard looking at alcohol and preventing harmful alcohol use in the community:  http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qs83. Alcohol: preventing harmful alcohol use in the community This quality standard covers a range of approaches at a population level to prevent harmful alcohol use in the community by … Continue reading Alcohol: preventing harmful alcohol use in the community

Prof Nutt: We need to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol and legalise other drugs

This was an interesting blog in The Spectator by Professor David Nutt at the end of January entitled ‘Let’s face it, we need to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol – and legalise other drugs “In the last few years alcohol has become the leading cause of death in men under 50 years of age, … Continue reading Prof Nutt: We need to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol and legalise other drugs

Minimum unit price ’50 times more effective’ than alcohol floor price

A news story from the BBC News Introducing minimum pricing for alcohol would be up to 50 times more effective than current government policy, according to health researchers. Hundreds of deaths could be avoided every year with a minimum price for alcohol units, researchers estimated. The Department of Health said it was “taking action to … Continue reading Minimum unit price ’50 times more effective’ than alcohol floor price

Study into drinking and pricing choices of 404 UK liver disease patients

Following on from the You and Yours radio show shared yesterday, Dr Nick Sheron who was one of the guests on the show has carried out this piece of research: A new study looks at the impact of minimum unit pricing (MUP) on patients with liver disease, as the lead author urges policy makers not … Continue reading Study into drinking and pricing choices of 404 UK liver disease patients