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21 November 2017

SARG publish BMJ editorial:  Minimum unit pricing for alcohol clears final legal hurdle in Scotland

The British Medical Journal published an editorial by members of the SARG team, explaining the background and passage through the courts of Minimum Unit Pricing policy for Scotland.

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15 November 2017

UK Supreme Court back Minimum Unit Pricing measures in Scotland

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association.

In a unanimous judgment, seven Supreme Court judges said the legislation did not breach European Union law. The judges ruled the measure was a "proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim".

Petra Meier, Director of SARG told the press:  “Our research has consistently shown that minimum unit pricing would reduce alcohol-related health problems in Scotland by targeting the cheap, high strength alcohol consumed by the highest risk drinkers. Moderate drinkers would be affected to a much smaller degree.

“It is estimated that once it has reached its full effect, the introduction of a 50p minimum unit price in Scotland would result in 120 fewer alcohol-related deaths and 2000 fewer hospital admissions per year.”

October 2017

Colin Angus discusses SARG research findings on BBC Breakfast television

Colin Angus on BBC news 23 October 2017

On 23 October, the Welsh Government introduced a bill which will bring in a Minimum Unit Price for alcohol in Wales. The policy, which will bring in a floor price below which a unit of alcohol cannot be sold, has previously been passed into law in Scotland, although its implementation has been delayed by a long-running court challenge whose conclusion is expected before the end of the year.

The Welsh Government's decision to pass this legislation has been informed by modelling work undertaken by SARG: a report published in 2014 looked at the potential impacts on health, crime and workplace absence of an MUP policy. A new project, updating these estimates and comparing their impact to increases in alcohol duty, is currently underway in SARG.

SARG lead researcher on this project, Colin Angus, appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to discuss some of the issues around the policy.Colin Angus discusses Welsh MUP on BBC Breakfast news

June 2017

SARG host the 43rd Annual Symposium of The Kettil Bruun Society

kbs2017Between 5-9 June, the team welcomed more than 250 international alcohol researchers to the 43rd Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Brunn Society.

Despite the apocalyptic weather, the conference was a big success!

The next annual meeting of the Society will be held in Chang Mai, Thailand, My 28- June 3 2018.

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