Abolish minimum alcohol pricing, don’t increase it
Cento Veljanovski writes for City AM
Len Shackleton quoted in the Yorkshire Times
“When minimum pricing was introduced, it came with a sunset clause promising that it would be abolished if it did not achieve its aims. With alcohol-specific deaths in Scotland at their highest level in over a decade, it has patently failed.
“Minimum pricing costs Scottish drinkers tens of millions of pounds a year. Talk of hiking the price to 80p per unit is a sick joke. This regressive policy should be abolished, and those involved with foisting it on the public should apologise.”
Notes to Editors
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- In June 2023, Snowdon responded to Public Health Scotland’s (PHS) final report on the impact of minimum unit pricing (MUP) by stating Minimum alcohol pricing evaluation is a ‘whitewash,’ says IEA expert.
- In May 2022, the IEA published The Hangover: The cost of minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland, which estimated that MUP has cost consumers £270 million in its first four years.
- In March 2023, Snowdon wrote about The minimum pricing salvage job, outlining issues with the study that claims minimum pricing ‘led to’ a 13.4 per cent decline in deaths.
- In August 2022, Snowdon wrote about how Minimum pricing isn’t working.
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