This study focuses on the Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol implementation and compliance issues from the perspectives and experiences of practitioners with responsibility for inspection and enforcement of MUP in licensed premises.

The aim of the study is to provide a broad overview of (non-) compliance, and related issues, with the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 among licensed premises.

 What the study looked at

  • the perspectives and experiences of those working in inspection and enforcement of implementing MUP
  • the barriers and facilitators of MUP compliance and implementation
  • the extent of non-compliance with MUP for alcohol by licensed premises in the study areas
  • perceptions of those working in inspection and enforcement of any changes in the sale of unlicensed alcohol in Scotland.

What the study found

  • practitioners focused on the off-trade and reported licensed premises were largely compliant with MUP legislation
  • where instances of non-compliance were identified, all issues were considered minor and swiftly resolved
  • practitioners did not report any known increase in illegal or unlicensed alcohol-related activity as a result of the introduction of MUP.

Here you can download the

  • Research protocol for this study
  • Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol Evaluation: Compliance (licensing) study (full report)
  • Executive Summary

The membership of the Evaluation Advisory Group for this study can be found on our Evaluation Advisory Group page.

Declarations of interests will be uploaded shortly.