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'Scotland the Brave! - Alcohol Policy in Scotland' (05.09.2014) Brussels

On the 5th of September, Eurocare and SHAAP together with EPHA and BMA organised "Scotland the Brave! - Alcohol Policy in Scotland". The event gave the opportunity to hear why Scotland introduced this measure, including the opinions of health and trade experts who support the measure. Scotland is one of the first countries to introduce the groundbreaking measure, which has stimulated much debate.

Below you will find a brief background to MUP together with the presentations from the event.

In 2012 the Scottish Government passed legislation to introduce a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) to tackle the problems caused by cheap alcohol. Research from the University of Sheffield shows that a Minimum Unit Price of 50p (0.63 euros) would save over 300 lives each year in Scotland (equivalent to reducing alcohol-related deaths by over 17%). Allowing for the different population size, this would be equivalent to 30,000 lives saved every year across the European Union.

The greatest health benefits from Minimum Unit Pricing are estimated to be among hazardous and harmful drinkers, especially those in lower income groups. Alcohol-related deaths in the most deprived areas of Scotland are around 7.7 times higher than in the least deprived areas.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other European wine and spirits trade groups representing global producers, have taken action against the proposal, claiming that it breaches the UK's European Union (EU) treaty obligations. However Minimum Unit Price is supported by some parts of the alcohol industry who recognise that effective regulation is essential for a sustainable industry.

The European Court of Justice has been asked for an opinion on the measure and Member States and other parties will be asked to submit their views over the next few months.

SHAAP is now gathering support for MUP - please take a couple of minutes to register your support online

Presentations from the event:

Intereviews of the speakers:

Further resources on MUP:

To download a summary of the event, please click here:

MUP Event Summary : 4.05 MB