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Angus, Colin and Holmes, John and Pryce, Robert and Meier, Petra and Brennan, Alan . (2016) Model-based appraisal of the comparative impact of minimum unit pricing and taxation policies in Scotland. An adaptation of the Sheffield alcohol policy model version 3. Sheffield: ScHARR, University of Sheffield. 103 p.

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MAIN CONCLUSIONS

Estimates from an updated version of the Scottish adaptation the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model suggest:

1. A 50p minimum unit price would be effective in reducing alcohol consumption among hazardous and, particularly, harmful drinkers. These consumption reductions would lead to reductions in alcohol-related mortality and hospitalisations.

2. Moderate drinkers would experience only small impacts on their alcohol consumption and spending as a result of introducing a 50p minimum unit price. This is because they tend to buy alcohol which would be subject to little or no increase in price following introduction of the policy.

3. To achieve the same reduction in alcohol-related deaths among hazardous and harmful drinkers as a 50p minimum unit price, a 28% increase in alcohol taxation would be required. Compared to a 50p minimum unit price, a 28% increase in alcohol taxes would lead to slightly larger reductions in alcohol consumption among moderate and hazardous drinkers but smaller reductions in consumption among harmful drinkers and, particularly, harmful drinkers in poverty. Harmful drinkers in poverty are the group at greatest risk from their alcohol consumption.

4. Increases in consumer spending on alcohol would be modest under a 50p MUP and spending would decline for harmful drinkers in poverty. Larger changes in consumer spending would be seen under a 28% tax increase and spending would increase in all groups including among harmful drinkers in poverty.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:April 2016
Pages:103 p.
Publisher:ScHARR, University of Sheffield
Place of Publication:Sheffield
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic policy
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic aspects of substance use (cost / pricing)
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > Scotland

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