Impact on alcohol purchasing of a ban on multi-buy promotions: a quasi-experimental evaluation comparing Scotland with England and Wales

Nakamura, Ryota, Suhrcke, Marc, Pechey, Rachel, Morciano, Marcello, Roland, Martin and Marteau, Theresa M. (2014) Impact on alcohol purchasing of a ban on multi-buy promotions: a quasi-experimental evaluation comparing Scotland with England and Wales. Addiction, 109 (4). 558–567. ISSN 0965-2140

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)

Abstract

Aims To evaluate the impact of the 2011 Scottish ban on multi-buy promotions of alcohol in retail stores. Design and setting Difference-in-differences analysis was used to estimate the impact of the ban on the volume of alcohol purchased by Scottish households, compared with those in England and Wales, between January 2010 and June 2012. Participants A total of 22,356 households in Scotland, England, and Wales. Measurements Records of alcohol purchasing from each of four categories (beer & cider, wine, spirits, and flavoured alcoholic beverages), as well as total volume of pure alcohol purchased. Findings Controlling for general time trends and household heterogeneity, there was no significant effect of the multi-buy ban in Scotland on volume of alcohol purchased either for the whole population or for individual socio-economic groups. There was also no significant effect on those who were large pre-ban purchasers of alcohol. Most multi-buys were for beer and cider or for wine. The frequency of shopping trips involving beer and cider purchases increased by 9.2 % following the ban (p<0.01), while the number of products purchased on each trip decreased by 8.1% (p<0.01). For wine, however, these effects were not significant. Conclusions Banning multi-buy promotions for alcohol in Scotland did not reduce alcohol purchasing in the short term. Wider regulation of price promotion and price may be needed to achieve this.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2013 13:08
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2020 23:44
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/45779
DOI: 10.1111/add.12419

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item