Separately funded MUP studies

The minimum unit pricing (MUP) evaluation will also use findings from studies led by academics which are separately funded. These are not part of the Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) programme.

There are two confirmed separately funded studies. Both are being led by the University of Glasgow. You can find out more about these below.

The evaluation will also draw on the learning from other relevant studies if and when funding is agreed.

NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) funded study

This study has three parts to it.

1. Emergency departments

Will assess the impact of MUP on attendances to emergency departments and on the level of hazardous and harmful drinking reported by attendees, reported in a survey. A comparison will also be made with England.

This contributes to evaluation theme 3 (alcohol consumption) and theme 4 (alcohol harm).

2. Sexual health services

A survey to assess prevalence of hazardous and harmful drinking, source of alcohol and substitution to illicit drugs in attendees at sexual health services. A comparison will also be made with England.

This contributes to evaluation theme 3 (alcohol consumption) and theme 4 (alcohol harm).

3. Qualitative focus groups

Focus groups with hazardous drinkers aged 18 to 24 years and 30 plus years in three communities in Scotland pre and post MUP. They will assess responses to MUP and attitudes.

Interviews with key informants will also take place to assess implementation issues in these communities.

This contributes to evaluation theme 1 (implementation and compliance), theme 3 (alcohol consumption) and theme 4 (alcohol harm).

ARUK (Alcohol Research UK) funded study

This study will use a smartphone survey of a sample of drinkers or those who have recently stopped drinking. They will be recruited through treatment services and the community. The survey will assess the impact of MUP on stopping or reducing drinking, switching to other substances and/or seeking treatment.

This study is expected to contribute to evaluation theme 3 (alcohol consumption) and theme 4 (alcohol harm).

 

All the themes and studies are listed on the Themes and studies page.

Find out more

To find out more about the above studies, please contact the team at the University of Glasgow.