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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

The Impact of Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol on Ambulance Call-outs in Scotland (IMPAACT)

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Colin Angus

Colin Angus is involved in a new project to help us better understand how alcohol impacts on ambulance services and how alcohol policy can change this.

Scotland introduced a Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol (MUP) in May 2018. Alcohol places a substantial burden on emergency services and this project will be the first to evaluate the impact on this burden of removing cheap alcohol through MUP.

Colin, a co-investigator on the study, said: "Using detailed ambulance call out data we will identify alcohol-related call outs and assess whether these fell after the policy was introduced, and whether this effect was greater or smaller among different population groups. We will also conduct extensive interviews with front line ambulance staff to examine how they experience and record alcohol-related call outs."

The project is funded by the Scottish Chief Scientist Office. The research is taking place in Scotland and it is being led by the University of Stirling and includes collaborators from the University of Glasgow as well as Sheffield.  A write-up on the funder's website is available at: https://www.cso.scot.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/HIPS1857.pdf

Colin is also involved in a number of other research projects looking at alcohol policy and MUP in particular. Evaluating the different aspects of the policy’s impact in Scotland. Sheffield is leading on a project to assess the impact of MUP on harmful drinkers.