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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 …
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