Two new analysis relating to alcohol pricing effects have been published as a decision on Scotland's Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) is anticipated within a matter of months. A provisional timetable indicates the Inner House of the Scottish Court of Session could rule to implement MUP by the 8th June 2016.
Further Sheffield analysis on pricing and taxation effects
An updated analysis of the modelled impacts of MUP in Scotland has been produced by the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG), including modelled effects of tax increases - full report here [pdf]. Commissioned by the Scottish Government, it says to achieve an equivalent reduction in alcohol-related deaths amongst hazardous and harmful drinkers as a 50 pence MUP, a 28% increase in alcohol taxation would be required.