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 people in Scotland every year.



From a public health point of view this is a no-brainer as they so eloquently point out in this video.Β  The implications of alcohol abuse and dependence are just too large to ignore anymore ……

Edited to add 12th June 2016:

Drinking habits have changed since minimum pricing laws, court hears

Judges hearing a legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s plan for a minimum alcohol price have been told of changes to drinking trends and alcohol-related death rates in the years since the legislation was passed at Holyrood | Scotsman, UK

8 thoughts on “Scotland: Industry, Health and Government make case for Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing

  1. that’s a great voice for it. liked that some of the drinks producers were in favour too.

    do you know what the timeframe is for the EU decision on minimum pricing in Scotland? I came across this article on minimum pricing while trying to find out:

    so minimum pricing would be FORTY TO FIFTY times as effective as targeting ultra-cheap drinks, hmm? no wonder most of the drinks industry is against it…

    one of the statistics I have seen in the past (on one of the big charities campaigning for alcohol controls?) is that people drinking at above the recommended guidelines consume (I think??!) FIFTY PERCENT of the alcohol drunk in this country. if you know the source of that statistic please let me know because it’s bugging me a lot that I can’t find it!

    THAT is why the drinks industry is fighting minimum pricing. because it will affect such a huge proportion of its market.

    they can shout as hard as they like that ‘most’ people drink responsibly. however 34% of men and 28% of women are drinking more than recommended guidelines at least one day a week (

    if the Scottish case goes through there will be a chance that the voices calling for it in the UK will be heard. I do so hope so.

    1. Morning Prim! Can’t find anything that says when the European court is likely to rule on this. Did find an interesting article from the BMJ on The Mental Elf about it though which says that minimum unit pricing has been implemented in 2 Canada provinces with the approval of the industry so in legal terms there is a legal precedence ( saying ‘The Scottish legal case will likely pave the way for alcohol pricing policies in other EU jurisdictions interested in introducing MUP, including the Republic of Ireland, Estonia and regional governments in the UK. Given the potential effectiveness of MUP as compared with a BBCS, the outcome of this legal case is likely to have important implications for public health across Europe’ This is another reason it is being challenged so vehemently and I would think the industry will try and hold this off for as long as possible and they have deep pockets …..
      As for the statistic you are looking for I have it that 45% of alcohol drunk by 10% of the population (I’ll email you the chart as it won’t let me put it here!) πŸ™‚ xx

      1. thanks for chart. or putting it another way – if the highest tenth of the population (who drink 45% of the alcohol) reduced their consumption to only that of the ninth highest tenth of the population (who drink 20% of the alcohol) then the drinks trade would lose TWENTY FIVE PERCENT OF THEIR TURNOVER. which is why they have a vested interest in keeping the highest drinkers drinking at those levels. πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

      2. Until they die, an early death, and then what? They have to find new recruits – and get to them young to make enough money out of them in their reduced lifespan πŸ™

      3. …because drinking at high levels is ‘normal’. let’s hope the alcohol industry’s pyramid scheme is about to spectacularly collapse πŸ™‚ xx

  2. Thanks for sharing its an interesting piece. The nordic countries also have quite strict alcohol policies and seems to help the issues they have there.

    Again thanks for posting.

    1. Hey Daisy πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog. We could learn a thing or two about a lot of things relating to social policy from the Nordic countries!!

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