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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Effect of Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol on Prescriptions for Treatment of Alcohol Dependence: A Controlled Interrupted Time Series Analysis
Author(s): Manca, Francesco
Zhang, Lisong
Fitzgerald, Niamh
Mackay, Daniel
McAuley, Andrew
Sharp, Clare
Lewsey, Jim
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Keywords: Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol
alcohol dependence prescriptions
alcohol use disorder
interrupted time series
natural experiment
Issue Date: 22-May-2023
Date Deposited: 20-Feb-2024
Citation: Manca F, Zhang L, Fitzgerald N, Mackay D, McAuley A, Sharp C & Lewsey J (2023) The Effect of Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol on Prescriptions for Treatment of Alcohol Dependence: A Controlled Interrupted Time Series Analysis. <i>International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction</i>.
Abstract: In 2018, Scotland introduced a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol to reduce alcohol-related harms. We aimed to study the association between MUP introduction and the volume of prescriptions to treat alcohol dependence, and volume of new patients receiving such prescriptions. We also examined whether effects varied across different socio-economic groups. A controlled interrupted time series was used to examine variations of our two outcomes. The same prescriptions in England and prescriptions for methadone in Scotland were used as controls. There was no evidence of an association between MUP implementation and the volume of prescriptions for alcohol dependence (immediate change: 2.74%, 95% CI: -0.068 0.014; slope change: 0% 95%CI: -0.001 0.000). A small, significant increase in slope in number of new patients receiving prescriptions was observed (0.2% 95%CI: 0.001 0.003). However, no significant results were confirmed after robustness checks. We found also no variation across different socioeconomic groups.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s11469-023-01070-6
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