Tagged: Minimum Unit Price

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Policy in Election Manifestos

Selected alcohol policy commitments have been taken up by several political parties in the UK through their election manifestos for the snap elections to be held on December 12. Alcohol Policy UK has summarized the commitments towards alcohol policy by the four major political parties in the run up to the elections…

NEWS: Wales Parliament: Introduce MUP in 2020

The Welsh Parliament will be introducing minimum unit pricing (MUP) from 2020 after it was passed through the National Assembly. According to the new legislation alcohol can not be sold below the minimum price of 50p. Scotland was the first country in the world to bring in minimum unit pricing for alcohol in 2018…

NEWS: Wales: Impact Assessment of MUP

The government of Wales have published the impact assessment of their minimum unit pricing (MUP) policy. The Impact Assessment found: Increasing alcohol prices will reduce consumption and thereby, decrease alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations.
A 50p MUP would lead to 66 fewer alcohol-attributable deaths and 1,281 fewer alcohol-attributable hospital admissions per year.
Introducing a minimum unit price of 50p is estimated to be worth £783m to the Welsh economy in terms of the reduction in alcohol-related illness, crime and workplace absence over 20 years…

NEWS: IAS Podcast on Scotland MUP Compliance

Following on from NHS Health Scotland’s evaluation that minimum unit pricing legislation is being effectively enforced, this episode of the IAS podcast looks at the ways in which this is being done.
Dr Peter Rice from Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) describes how the Scottish legal enforcement framework operates, such as the role of Licensing Standards Officers in offering expertise and mediation to license owners, and the frameworks basis in previous compliance schemes such as test purchases.

NEWS: EU: Portugal Opposes MUP in Wales

Portugal opposes Welsh minimum alcohol price law, doing the dirty work for the alcohol industry.
The Portuguese government has expressed concerns on a “detailed opinion”wines from Portugal would be discriminated against in Wales as consequence of plans to introduce a minimum price of alcohol (MUP). Portugal has warned the plans could have “direct implications” on the free trade rules of the EU market.
The Welsh Government plans to an MUP of 50p per unit. Consequently, a bottle of wine sold in Wales could cost at least £4.69. The new MUP was set to come into effect this summer but has been delayed because of Portugal’s intervention…

REPORT: Australia: The Effects of Alcohol Pricing Policies

While examining the heterogeneous effects of price policy across population subgroups, this study will provide the first comprehensive estimates of the likely impacts of alcohol price changes on health inequalities. The study will also provide sophisticated economic analyses of the impact of price policy changes…

NEWS: Scotland: Improved Health since Alcohol MUP

A year since the introduction of minimum unit price on alcohol Scotland is showing promising effects in improvement of health. The National Post reports health outcomes are improving and a comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness will come out in June.Scotland introduced the minimum unit price of 50p on alcohol last year. The government aims to keep this price under review and increase it if necessary in the coming years…

NEWS: Ireland: Minister Urged To Resist Big Alcohol Lobbying

Calls on Minister of Health mount to defend Alcohol Bill and to resist alcohol industry lobbying
The Minister for Health has been urged to resist attempts by the alcohol industry to introduce amendments to forthcoming bill on the sale and marketing of alcohol in Ireland…