Consultation on Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol in NI

22nd February 2022

The Department of Health has today launched a public consultation on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol in Northern Ireland. This was a specific commitment from Minister Swann and a key action in the new 10-year substance use strategy “Preventing Harm and Empowering Recovery: A Strategic Framework to Tackle the Harm from Substance Use” which was launched on 07 September 2021.

The full consultation document and link to the online response questionnaire can be found on the DoH website at:

The DoH are now seeking views from partners and the general public on proposals to introduce legislation to enact Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) of Alcohol in Northern Ireland. Everyone with an interest is encouraged to respond to the consultation on this important policy proposal.

Your views are sought on:

  • the overall policy aim of reducing the harm alcohol causes;
  • if, of the pricing options considered, MUP for alcohol is the most effective way of achieving the policy aim;
  • what information or evidence should be considered when setting a MUP for alcohol and the level MUP should be set at initially;
  • if the level of the MUP should be varied over time and, if so, how;
  • the mechanisms for setting the MUP, including the formula and how it will be monitored; and
  • any other information that you feel should be taken on board in respect of the policy or the various impact assessments?


The Closing Date for responses is Tuesday 17 May 2022.

Alternatively you can respond directly to Health Development Policy Branch either by email at: or by writing to us at:

Health Development Policy Branch

Department of Health
Room C4.22
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate


Following this consultation, the DoH will collate and analyse all views and inputs, which will allow the Minister to decide on the way forward.