HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Minimum alcohol price in Scotland

The Scottish Government is seeking to introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol of 50p.  This would produce minimum prices of around £4.69 for a bottle of wine, £3.52 for a four-pack of lager and £14 for a bottle of spirits.

Whilst the minimum price is different to that proposed in England and Wales, the evidence on which it is based is the same; it’s from ScHARR.  On the BBC website, the results from the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group’s work are summarized, with annual changes after ten years of more than 300 fewer deaths, 6,500 fewer hospital admissions and a cumulative value of harm reduction of £942m.