IEA - Minimum alcohol pricing cost Scottish drinkers millions of pounds since introduction
Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, responded to new figures showing a rise in alcohol-related deaths in Scotland last year
“When figures showed a small decline in alcohol consumption last week, some rushed to the conclusion that this was due to minimum alcohol pricing. Reducing alcohol consumption is not, in itself, an achievement. Minimum pricing was supposed to reduce alcohol-related deaths. The influential Sheffield Alcohol Pricing Model predicted 58 fewer deaths in the first year.
“It is too early to tell what impact minimum pricing had in the first year because the only available figures are for 2018. Minimum pricing did not begin until May 2018, but these statistics do not fit easily with some of the excitable claims made last week. All we know for sure about minimum pricing is that it has cost Scottish drinkers many millions of pounds.”
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Figures from the National Records of Scotland, published yesterday (26 June), show that the number of alcohol-related deaths rose from 1,120 in 2017 and 1,136 in 2018 (an increase of 1.4%) https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/deaths/alcohol-deaths
Alcohol consumption figures published last week showed a 2.95% decline in 2018. Consumption has declined in nine of the last eleven years in Scotland.
Minimum pricing was introduced on 1 May 2018.
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