Christopher Snowdon responds to new research
“These claims are based on unpublished research and do not reflect the trends in Scotland under minimum pricing. Official statistics show that alcohol-related deaths rose from 1,120 in 2017 to 1,136 in 2018. As well, there was no decline in alcohol sales from shops and supermarkets in the first year.
“There is no doubt that Scottish drinkers are having to spend more money under minimum pricing, but it is too early to say whether it has had any positive effect on health. The early signs suggest not.”
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The alcohol-related death figures were published by the National Records of Scotland in June.
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