Date lodged: 1 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how minimum unit pricing for alcohol has affected demand for street Valium among homeless people.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 23 April 2019
The five year evaluation programme for minimum unit pricing is being led by NHS Health Scotland and involves a portfolio of studies. One of the studies assesses the impact of minimum unit pricing on those drinking at harmful levels and includes considering substitution with other substances. The anticipated publication dates for this harmful drinking study are mid-2020 (short term impacts) and mid-2021. Further information on this study is available on the evaluation website at http://www.healthscotland.scot/media/2295/evaluation-of-the-impact-of-mup-in-scotland-on-those-drinking-at-a-harmful-level.pdf .
In addition, a separately funded study is exploring the impact of minimum unit pricing on homeless people and service providers. The anticipated publication date for this study is late 2020. Details of this study will be added to the evaluation website shortly: http://www.healthscotland.scot/health-topics/alcohol/evaluation-of-minimum-unit-pricing-mup .