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Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy Alcohol Sales Update
The Scottish Government has tasked NHS Health Scotland with the responsibility of evaluating Scotland’s alcohol strategy (including Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP), if implemented) through the Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) programme of work. The recent update of data includes annual figures from 1994-2012 for the off and on trade in Scotland and England and Wales. Data, reported by beverage type includes the volume of pure alcohol sold per adult (aged 16+), the volume of pure alcohol (units) sold per adult (aged 16+ years) and the average price per unit of alcohol sold. Alcohol Focus Scotland report that Adult sales of pure alcohol in Scotland fell by 3% between 2011 and 2012, 8% since 2009. Despite this decline, alcohol sales remained 6% higher than they were in 1994 and 19% higher than in England and Wales. The difference between Scotland and England/Wales in 2012 was mainly due to higher sales through supermarkets and off-licences in Scotland, particularly of spirits.

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