Purchasing Patterns for Low Price Off-Sales Alcohol – Evidence from the Expenditure and Food Survey

Purchasing Patterns for Low Price Off-Sales Alcohol – Evidence from the Expenditure and Food Survey

The Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill, currently under consideration by the Scottish Parliament, has included minimum pricing as one of the proposals for reducing alcohol related harms. An area of concern relating to this policy has been the possible regressive effects of such an intervention, i.e. if it results in raising alcohol prices only for households with lower incomes, or if it affects those with low incomes more than it affects those with higher incomes.

This research from Professor Anne Ludbrook (Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen) looks at the distribution by price and income of alcohol purchased from off sales using data from the Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS) (now called the Living Cost and Food Survey) for 2007.

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