The Scottish Parliament passed a bill in 2012 to bring in a 50p minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in Scotland.  The measure has been subject to a legal challenge by the alcohol industry  but in October 2016 the policy was found to be compatible with EU law by the Scottish Court of Session. 
Previous research has shown that this policy will reduce average consumption in Scotland by 3.5% (0.5 units/week) and annual alcohol attributable mortality by 7.4% (121 deaths/year) by the year 2020. 
A recent study commissioned by the Policy Research Centre for Cancer Prevention (PRCP), Cancer Research UK  , showed that a 50p minimum unit price in England would result in the following over the next 20 years:
These findings are a strong reminder of why population level alcohol interventions are vital for the sustainability of the health service. The data presented in this report clearly show that MUP is an effective measure for preventing not only cancer, but also other alcohol attributable harms to society.
For more information please contact Dr Gillian Rosenberg gillian.rosenberg[at]cancer.org.uk.
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