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Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland 32 months on: evidence demonstrates a significant reduction in alcohol related deaths
  1. Tamar Avades1,
  2. Ashwin Dhanda1,2
  1. 1 South West Liver Unit, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Plymouth, UK
  2. 2 Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ashwin Dhanda, Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK; ashwin.dhanda{at}

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Commentary on: Wyper GMA, Mackay DF, Fraser C, Lewsey J, Robinson M, Beeston C, Giles L. Evaluating the impact of alcohol minimum unit pricing on deaths and hospitalisations in Scotland: a controlled interrupted time series study. Lancet. 2023 Apr 22;401(10385):1361-1370. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(23)00497-X. Epub 2023 Mar 20.

Implications for practice and research

  • Data will inform the decision of the Scottish Parliament whether to keep the minimum unit pricing (MUP) policy, which expires on 30 April 2024.

  • Further study is needed exploring the enduring effects of MUP on chronic alcohol conditions, including alcohol-related cancer deaths.


In 2021, the rate of alcohol-related deaths in the UK increased by 7.4% from 2020 (14.8/100 000), with the highest rate (22.4/100 000) in Scotland.1 There are inequalities in those affected by alcohol with more admissions and deaths in males and people from lower socioeconomic groups.

MUP is a public health intervention …

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was first published online. The title and section have been updated.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.