There’s more evidence out this week for those who are interested in favour of alcohol minimum unit pricing, and it’s published in PLOS One, one of the most respected scientific journals in the world. You can find the research here PLOS one article on minimum unit pricing Where the findings of this research differ from a lot of what we already know, is that having specifically looked at what types of drinkers minimum unit pricing would affect – light drinkers, moderate drinkers, and heavy drinkers – it finds that minimum unit pricing affects heavy drinkers, not light or moderate ones. This provides more evidence against the alcohol industry’s argument that minimum unit pricing penalises “responsible” (their word, not mine) drinkers. It doesn’t. It cuts down drinking in those who drink the most, ie those who are more likely to become dependent on alcohol, those who are more likely to suffer physical health complications because of their drinking, and those who are more likely to contribute to social harms in their families and communities.
I’ve written previously about how minimum unit pricing goes against the philosophical grain for me, but that I am convinced it’s the right thing to do. Read my reasoning here: Why I’m an unlikely supporter of minimum unit pricing