The role of alcohol price in young adult drinking cultures in Scotland

Seaman, P., Edgar, F. and Ikegwuonu, T. (2013) The role of alcohol price in young adult drinking cultures in Scotland. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 20(4), pp. 278-285. (doi:10.3109/09687637.2013.765386) (PMID:23864771) (PMCID:PMC3709883)

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Abstract

Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) is one of the Scottish Government's key policy options to reduce alcohol consumption and related harm. Although strongly evidenced for efficacy in reducing headline population level consumption, efficacy in changing the role of alcohol in Scottish culture is unknown. Questions remain as to how MUP will play across population subgroups with different sensitivities to price. In this paper we explore the views of the young adult population and situate the influence of price paid for alcohol alongside broader cultural drivers of consumption. Qualitative data from two studies investigating the role of alcohol in the transition to adulthood from 130 participants (aged 16–30) are analysed to situate the influence of price paid in shaping drinking styles and practices. Findings highlight how considerations of price paid for alcohol compete with non-financial considerations associated with choosing to drink excessively, moderately or not at all. Two broad categories of response to potential price increases were anticipated by drinkers which indicate that young adults are not a homogenous group in relation to price sensitivity. These differences highlight the potential for variation in subgroup responses to a pricing policy conceived to be effective at a population level.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Edgar, Miss Fiona and Seaman, Dr Peter and Ikegwuonu, Dr Theresa
Authors: Seaman, P., Edgar, F., and Ikegwuonu, T.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy
Publisher:Informa Healthcare
ISSN:0968-7637
ISSN (Online):1465-3370
Published Online:06 February 2013

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