# Alcohol - Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) - continuation and future pricing: consultation analysis

Analysis of responses to the public consultation on whether Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) should be continued as part of the range of policy measures in place to address alcohol related harm, and, in the event of its continuation, the level the minimum unit price should be set going forward.

## 3. Quantitative analysis

This chapter presents the results of the two quantitative consultation questions.

### Q1. Do you think Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) should continue?

Total Yes No No answer n= n= % 545 214 39% 321 59% 10 2% 432 115 27% 309 72% 8 2% 113 99 88% 12 11% 2 2% 23 23 100% - 0% - 0% 21 20 95% 1 5% - 0% 20 20 100% - 0% - 0% 10 8 80% 2 20% - 0% 9 7 78% 1 11% 1 11% 7 7 100% - 0% - 0% 6 1 17% 5 83% - 0% 5 5 100% - 0% - 0% 5 2 40% 3 60% - 0% 4 4 100% - 0% - 0% 3 2 67% - 0% 1 33%

Among all respondents, 39% supported MUP continuing, 59% were opposed and 2% did not answer.

There were, however, significant differences between individuals and organisations. Just over one quarter (27%) of individuals supported MUP continuing, compared to almost nine in ten (88%) of organisations.

All public health sector organisations, international organisations, non-health third sector organisations, academic bodies and local government bodies responding to the consultation agreed MUP should continue. A clear majority of most other sectors were also supportive, with only a small number of organisations opposed.

However, 83% of alcohol industry representative bodies and 60% of producers were opposed.

### Q2. If MUP continues, do you agree with the proposed Minimum Unit Price of 65 pence?

Total Yes No No answer n= n= % 545 173 32% 361 66% 10 2% 432 84 19% 342 79% 6 1% 113 89 79% 19 17% 5 4% 23 22 96% 1 4% - 0% 21 19 90% 1 5% 1 5% 20 20 100% - 0% - 0% 10 4 40% 5 50% 1 10% 9 6 67% 1 11% 2 22% 7 6 86% 1 14% - 0% 6 1 17% 5 83% - 0% 5 5 100% - 0% - 0% 5 1 20% 4 80% - 0% 4 4 100% - 0% - 0% 3 1 33% 1 33% 1 33%

One third of respondents (32%) agreed with the proposed minimum unit price of 65 pence. Two thirds (66%) disagreed and 2% did not answer.

Individuals and organisations held almost exactly opposing views. While 79% of individuals disagreed and 19% agreed, among organisations 79% agreed and 17% disagreed.

While a majority of most types of organisation supported the proposal, opposition to the proposed price increase was slightly higher than to continuing MUP. Opposition was highest among alcohol industry representative bodies (83%), producers (80%) and retail (50%).

### Combined results

As shown in Table 5, most respondents held firm views either for or against MUP. One third (32%) supported a continuation and a price increase (Yes in Q1 and Yes in Q2). Three fifths (59%) opposed both proposals (No in Q1 and No in Q2).

Table 5: Q1 vs. Q2
Q1 Do you think MUP should continue? Q2 Do you agree with the proposed MUP of 65p? Individuals Organisations Total
n= % n= % n= %
Yes Yes 83 19% 89 79% 172 32%
Yes No 32 7% 7 6% 39 7%
Yes Not answered - 0% 3 3% 3 1%
No Yes 1 <1% - 0% 1 <1%
No No 308 71% 12 11% 320 59%
No Not answered - 0% - 0% - 0%
Not answered Yes - 0% - 0% - 0%
Not answered No 2 <1% - 0% 2 <1%