Minimum unit pricing to go ahead in Scotland after 5 year legal battle

From Alcohol Policy UK today: Today the UK Supreme Court delivered the final verdict on Scotland’s long running legal challenge to introducing Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP). The Scottish Government first passed legislaton in 2012 but a number of industry bodies spearheaded by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) forced a series of challenges under EU which … Continue reading Minimum unit pricing to go ahead in Scotland after 5 year legal battle

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

Peers back minimum price per alcohol unit if Scotland scheme works

This was in The Guardian in April: Introduction of 50p base rate should go ahead if it is shown to reduce excessive drinking, says Lords select committee peers. Minimum unit pricing for alcohol should be introduced across the UK if it proves a success in Scotland, a Lords committee has said. If the decision to … Continue reading Peers back minimum price per alcohol unit if Scotland scheme works

Alcohol Pricing

An excellent blog post from Alcohol Policy UK discussing the Institute of Alcohol Studies updated fact sheet on alcohol pricing published in March. Over to James: The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) have updated its factsheet on alcohol pricing as health groups seek to continue highlighting the importance of price in addressing alcohol harms. Download … Continue reading Alcohol 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