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The impact of the Alcohol Act on off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland

Sales of alcohol in Scotland have decreased since the 2010 Alcohol Act was introduced.

The act, implemented in Scotland on 1st October 2011, included a ban on quantity based discounts and restrictions on the display and promotion of alcohol in Scotland’s off-trade.

Using time-series analyses of data for a 52-week period post-implementation and a comparison with England & Wales, this NHS Health Scotland report assesses changes in off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland after the introduction of the Alcohol Act.

The results from this study suggest that the introduction of the Alcohol Act reduced off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland by 2.6%, largely driven by a statistically significant decrease in off-trade wine sales on 4%. The Act was also associated with reduced RTD sales, although these account for a very small proportion of total off-trade sales. Similar changes were not observed in England & Wales, where the Act does not apply, which lends weight to the hypothesis that the changes witnessed in Scotland were as a result of the Act rather than due to other unmeasured factors.

Source: Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol StrategyThe impact of the Alcohol Act on off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland.

 

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