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Scottish alcohol sales drop after minimum price intervention

Graham Watson

21st June 2019

New data finds that there has been a 3% decrease in alcohol consumption such that Scottish alcohol sales are at their lowest in 25 years. Is this - in part - the result of the introduction of a minimum price per unit?

There's lots to get your teeth into in this article - not least evaluating whether the government policy has brought about this change or other factors - such as changing tastes among the young, for example and likely estimates for price elasticity of demand.

In 2018, the volume of alcohol sold in Scotland fell 3 per cent from 2017. However this was still equivalent to 9.9 litres of pure ethanol per adult on average - or 19 units a week.

The Scottish Government estimates that if trends continue its minimum unit pricing strategy will save 392 lives over its first five years.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to Tutor2U, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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