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We invite comments on the proposed minimum price of 50 pence per unit which is set out in the draft Scottish Statutory Instrument at Annex A.

We invite comments on the proposed minimum price of 50 pence per unit which is set out in the draft Scottish Statutory Instrument at Annex A .
Aberdeen City Licensing Forum is broadly in agreement with the evidence supporting the introduction of MUP as it will result in reducing negative outcomes relating to the over consumption of cheap alcohol and is intended to therefore ultimately save lives. This will be of particular benefit to those hazardous and harmful drinkers residing in areas of highest deprivation. Concerns regarding any unintended consequence of the Minimum Unit Price are noted and may still arise, but may be offset by evidence that shows that more individuals may in fact come forward for support and treatment, and that the Scottish Government will undertake a full evaluation of its impact.

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Kenneth McGeough, Chair, Aberdeen Licensing Forum

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