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> Scotland Gets 50p-per-unit Alcohol Price, Minimum unit pricing of alcohol from next year
post 13th May 2012, 10:06pm
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SNP Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon will tomorrow announce that Scotland is to adopt a 50p-per-unit minimum alcohol price. The measure is intended to tackle problem drinking by increasing the cost of cheap vodka, lager and cider. The 50p figure is higher than the original 45p proposed by ministers two years ago, and is rumoured to have caused a split within the Scottish cabinet.

The minimum pricing policy will be implemented from next year, making the cheapest bottle of wine 4.69, while a four-pack of lager would cost at least 3.52, and a two-litre bottle of strong cider 6.

While the SNP government says that the pricing policy will save the NHS money and encourage people to live better lives, opposition groups argue that the bill will penalise modest drinkers, enrich supermarkets by creating higher profit margins, and could break EU competition law.

Minimum pricing has been promoted by health campaigners, while the SNP government claims that alcohol abuse is a "brake on Scotland's social and economic growth".

Labour health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said:
"At a time when public finances are being squeezed, it makes no sense to hand over 100million to supermarket shareholders. We need to invest in alcohol education and treatment."

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association claim that the policy will punish even modest consumers.

Will minimum unit pricing policy help solve some of Glasgow's entrenched social and other drink-related problems? Please post your opinion...


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- GG   Scotland Gets 50p-per-unit Alcohol Price   13th May 2012, 10:06pm
- - Jupiter   Now that this is about to become a reality I cann...   13th May 2012, 10:15pm
- - pumps100   I'm a convert to minimum alcohol pricing (MAP)...   13th May 2012, 11:03pm
|- - droschke7   QUOTE (pumps100 @ 14th May 2012, 12:01am)...   14th May 2012, 01:08am
- - norrie123   In my opinion this wont stop the hardened drinker ...   13th May 2012, 11:48pm
- - Jazzsaxman   Will this put a stop to a big problem or simply mo...   13th May 2012, 11:48pm
- - Guest   geezwan I think that alcohol has been too cheap f...   13th May 2012, 11:59pm
- - UPYKLT   Most of the people who are drinking the cheap crap...   14th May 2012, 12:10am
- - Weeman   Help ma boab! Kin ah no' get any peace in ...   14th May 2012, 01:01am
- - droschke7   My Local Off Sales charge 4:50 for 4 cans of Tenn...   14th May 2012, 01:02am
|- - pumps100   QUOTE (droschke7 @ 14th May 2012, 02:00am...   14th May 2012, 03:28pm
- - Guest   I was born in Glasgow. Now at 56 years young live ...   14th May 2012, 06:59am
- - pumps100   Here's some sums from what was said in post 68...   14th May 2012, 07:25am
- - GG   In the Scotsman today: QUOTE SNP’s minimum p...   14th May 2012, 08:05am
- - marty45   We did't have as many problems with young peop...   14th May 2012, 08:18am
- - kenb   it wouldnt bother me if it was 100 per unit , but...   14th May 2012, 08:24am
- - john fegan   I don't know if the minimum pricing will work ...   14th May 2012, 08:51am
- - ashfield   This will have no impact on the problem of alcohol...   14th May 2012, 08:56am
- - Heather   I don't think it will make any difference to A...   14th May 2012, 09:04am
- - *BOB*   This will only hit people like myself who like a w...   14th May 2012, 09:33am
- - pumps100   Jennifer Trueland wrote a detailed article in the ...   14th May 2012, 09:40am
- - mlconnelly   I don't think it will make much difference. Li...   14th May 2012, 10:01am
- - john.mcn   Brilliant news. Anyone who picks booze over food f...   14th May 2012, 10:21am
- - annemarie_m   I hope they feel this will help out very young kid...   14th May 2012, 10:30am
- - Plain Jane   Good for Nichola Sturgeon - never mind all the sel...   14th May 2012, 12:15pm
- - aussiejimmy   Over here in Aussie (Victoria) pubs and Clubs are ...   14th May 2012, 12:41pm
- - Scotsman   Has anyone worked out if this new law will effect ...   14th May 2012, 12:48pm
|- - pumps100   QUOTE (Scotsman @ 14th May 2012, 01:46pm)...   14th May 2012, 02:50pm
- - Jupiter   The Licensing Scotland Act makes it an offence to ...   14th May 2012, 12:51pm
- - Scotsman   Hauf a shillin!!   14th May 2012, 12:59pm
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