Minimum unit pricing has been “counter-productive”


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A new paper on minimum unit pricing in Scotland, co-authored by Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, has been referenced in the Daily Mail.

The paper concludes that minimum unit pricing has had little impact on improving public health and has cost Scottish consumers £270m.

“Our estimate suggests that minimum pricing has cost Scottish drinkers more than a quarter of a billion pounds. Now in its fifth year, minimum pricing is a reminder that politicians are often responsible for the rising cost of living.”

Read the full article here and download the research paper here.


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