Has Minimum Unit Pricing failed?

New IEA research into the impact of minimum unit pricing on alcohol in Scotland has revealed that, since its introduction on May 1st 2018, the policy has cost Scottish consumers £270 million and has failed to deliver the social and health benefits that it promised.

The paper, ‘The Hangover: The cost of Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland’, was co-authored by Christopher Snowdon, the IEA’s Head of Lifestyle Economics, and can be read for free here: https://iea.org.uk/publications/the-hangover-the-cost-of-minimum-alcohol-pricing-in-scotland/