Updated Sheffield research confirms value of minimum pricing
An updated report from Sheffield University, published this morning (31st Jan), confirms that that minimum pricing, combined with an off-licence discount ban, could reduce alcohol consumption and have a significant effect on reducing alcohol-related harm.
Dr Bruce Ritson, chairperson of SHAAP said: "This updated research, along with new empirical evidence from Canada showing the effectiveness of minimum pricing in reducing alcohol consumption, reinforces the case for introducing minimum pricing in Scotland to tackle record levels of alcohol harm."
The Sheffield team first carried out the report in 2009 and it has now been refreshed in light of new data. The report looks at a range of minimum prices from 25p to 70p, with and without a ban on promotions.
Key findings from the updated report, using a 45p minimum price, with a promotions ban, as an illustrative figure, include:
- Overall weekly consumption across society would fall by six per cent. Consumption changes are greatest for harmful drinkers
- Alcohol related deaths would fall by about 60 in the first year and over 300 by year ten of the policy
- Alcohol-attributable morbidity decreases with an estimated reduction of 1,000 acute and 260 chronic illnesses in year one
- A fall in general hospital admission of 1,660 in year one and 6,630 by year ten
- Harmful drinkers would pay an extra £132 per year, compared to just £9 for moderate drinkers
- A fall in crime of 3,600 offences per year
- Around 36,500 fewer workdays lost through absenteeism and 1,180 fewer people unemployed because of alcohol misuse each year
- Harm reduction valued at £952 million over 10 years
Read the media release from Sheffield University.