This website is now part of Public Health Scotland. Publications released after 16 March 2020 are now published on the Public Health Scotland website.
Improving health
Previously NHS Health Scotland

Study description

This study will use commercial alcohol retail sales data to assess whether the introduction of MUP is associated with changes in the level or trend of the volume of pure alcohol sold through the off-trade in Scotland.

Reporting

This study published a descriptive analysis and a statistical analysis of the early assessment of the impact of MUP on off-trade alcohol consumption in 2020. A further report on 3 years post MUP will be published in mid 2022.

You can download the following documents:

  • Evaluating the impact of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on population alcohol consumption and alcohol-attributable health harms: study protocol
  • Evaluating the impact of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on sales-based consumption in Scotland: statistical analysis plan
  • Sales-based consumption: a descriptive analysis of one year post-MUP off-trade alcohol sales data - full report
  • Sales-based consumption: a descriptive analysis of one year post-MUP off-trade alcohol sales data -  briefing paper
  • Evaluating the impact of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on sales-based alcohol consumption in Scotland: controlled interrupted time series analyses – full report
  • Evaluating the impact of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on sales-based alcohol consumption in Scotland: controlled interrupted time series analyses – briefing paper
  • Using alcohol retail sales data to estimate population alcohol consumption in Scotland: an update of previously published estimates.

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

Supporting work

In addition to the main study outputs listed above, we have undertaken a range of work that supports our assessment of the impact of MUP on alcohol sales.

We have published a report that examines existing literature and evidence alongside new analyses to examine the extent to which cross-border purchasing may have occurred since MUP was implemented in Scotland.

We have also published a report examining the impact of using different sources of sales data on estimates of population level alcohol consumption and a further report examining sources of under- and overestimation when using retail sales data to estimate population level consumption.

You can download the following documents:

  • Evaluating the impact of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) of alcohol in Scotland on cross-border purchasing
  • Estimating population alcohol consumption in Scotland: the impact of using different sources of alcohol retail sales data
  • Estimating population alcohol consumption in Scotland: assessing the validity and reliability of alcohol retail sales data