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Research on the likely impact of and public attitudes towards a minimum unit price for alcohol in Wales

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  • Release date: 29 November 2017
Research into the potential impact of a Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) policy for alcohol and how this might compare to rises in alcohol duty.

The specific research questions to be addressed are:

  • to use new data and new modelling approaches to provide new estimates of the impact of a MUP (at levels in 5p increments from 35-70p) on alcohol consumption, spending, health, crime and workplace outcomes, and how these impacts will vary across different levels of drinking and deprivation
  • to establish the proportional increase in alcohol duty which would be required to achieve the same reduction in the alcohol consumption of hazardous and harmful drinkers (those drinking over 14 units/week for men and women) as a 50p MUP and to illustrate how the impact of these two policies (MUP and duty rises) are distributed differently across the population.
  • to establish the proportional increase in alcohol duty which would be required to achieve the same reduction in alcohol-attributable deaths among hazardous and harmful drinkers as a 50p MUP and illustrate the differences in distribution of impact across the population.

This interim report provides preliminary results from the modelling work, focussing on a 50p MUP as an illustrative example and on health outcomes only.

The full report, presenting the full range of MUP policies and including crime and workplace outcomes will be available early in 2018.

Contact

Researcher
Tel: 0300 025 6539
Email: janine.hale@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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