The evidence about minimum unit price

Within the WHO European region, there is an inverse relation between the price of alcohol and liver-related mortality rates, supporting the health benefits of harmonising alcohol taxes at a higher level. Various types of price regulation and taxation strategies have been shown to be effective and cost-effective, and the social policy experiment of minimum unit pricing in Scotland reinforces its effectiveness, especially in terms of reducing health inequalities. The evidence in favour of minimum unit pricing is robust and comes from several sources.