The RSE has responded to the Scottish Government on their proposals for implementation of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol.
The Paper follows the Society’s response in 2011 which voiced support for the policy. However, the RSE highlights that it has been 5 years since the 50p per unit price was set and that there is now scope for the price to be increased. The RSE encourages the development of a more flexible evaluation process which could react accordingly to changes in the economy. Lastly, the paper notes that in order to maximise effectiveness of MUP it needs to be deployed within a comprehensive approach in which community support and engagement are improved.
Professor Carol Tannahill