Tagged: MUP

NEWS: Wales: Government Announces MUP Introduction

The minister for health and social services has laid out minimum unit pricing (MUP) for Wales. If passed through the National Assembly an MUP of 50p for alcohol will be introduced in early 2020. MUP will be debated by the National Assembly on November 12, 2019 and, if approved by Parliament, the MUP of 50p will be introduced from March 2, 2020. A recent research found that the positive effect of Scotland’s MUP shielded it from the negative effects suffered by UK’s alcohol tax cuts. Probably Wales can achieve the same improvement in public health through MUP measures…

NEWS: Scotland: MUP Cuts Alcohol Use Substantially

A new study reports that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on alcohol implemented in Scotland is substantially cutting alcohol use within the country. Scotland was the first country in the world to introduce MUP at 50 pence per unit of alcohol. This was a hard won gain for public health over Big Alcohol interests. Now the results of this study by BMJ shows the policy is working even better than expected…

REPORT: Impact of Minimum Unit Pricing on Alcohol Purchases in Scotland

In terms of immediate impact, the introduction of minimum unit pricing appears to have been successful in reducing the amount of alcohol purchased by households in Scotland. The action was targeted, in that reductions of purchased alcohol only occurred in the households that bought the most alcohol…

NEWS: Studying Links Between Alcohol Policy and Homelessness

Glasgow Caledonian University will lead  la studyooking at the impact of alcohol minimum pricing on the homeless. Last May Scotland became the first country to introduce minimum unit pricing (MUP) on alcohol. Since then the country’s alcohol consumption has hit a 10 year low indicating improvement in public health…

NEWS: Scotland: MUP Helps Reduce Glasgow Alcohol Deaths

Statistics released at the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL) conference show Glasgow has had a 21.5% reduction in alcohol-related deaths from 2017 to 2018. This translates to a decrease from 186 to 146 deaths. Almost half (44%) of the alcohol-related deaths in Glasgow last year occurred before May 2018, when minimum unit pricing was introduced…

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: Week #31 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
Special Feature:
Members news from Ghana where GhanAPA was launched with the support of the IOGT movement.
For week 31, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from New Delhi, India, Hungary, Ukraine and Scotland.
Fresh science updates are about the digital world, labelling awareness among youth and alcohol policy in Ontario, Canada.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes the tobacco and alcohol giants invested in Big Marijuana, Heineken in Kenya, and political interference in Australia and The Gambia…

NEWS: Scotland: MUP Law Compliance High

NHS Health Scotland reports shows pioneering policy has been successfully implemented. The new policy of minimum unit pricing for alcohol (MUP) has been implemented effectively, the report has found. The first study of the policy, which came into force in May 2018, found compliance was high among licensed premises in Scotland.
The report published by NHS Health Scotland is one of a series of evaluations of MUP, a critical tool to help prevent and reduce rampant alcohol harm in Scotland…

NEWS: Ireland: Only €8 for Week’s Worth of Alcohol

It costs less than €8 to reach the recommended weekly limit of alcohol in Ireland, a new study has found. The survey, conducted by Alcohol Action Ireland, suggested that alcohol can be bought at a low-cost from not just major retail operators, but across all levels of retail.
In its latest alcohol market review and price survey, Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI) said the price of alcohol in Ireland “demonstrates the remarkable affordability of alcohol to every day shoppers”. Results show that men can reach the low-risk weekly guidelines of alcohol for as little as €7.48. For women it costs only €4.84 to reach their low-risk weekly alcohol limit…

NEWS: New Zealand: Demand for Alcohol Policy Amid Addiction Crisis

Psychiatrists are calling for wide-ranging restrictions on alcohol, saying alcohol harm remains the most pervasive addiction problem in New Zealand. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has thrown its support behind a call by The New Zealand Medical Journal for strengthening of alcohol regulations to reduce the negative impact of alcohol on New Zealanders’ mental health and wellbeing…