Minimum unit pricing for alcohol: Everything you need to know
02 May, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Kathy Ellis
"I think we will see countries across Europe and further afield look to replicate what has been done here in Scotland", she added.
The price of cheap, high-strength alcohol increased in Scotland as long-awaited legislation on minimum pricing came into force on Tuesday.
The Scottish parliament first adopted the measure in 2012, but it was challenged in court by the Scotch Whisky Association and other representatives of the industry.
The law stipulates that a standard 700 ml 40 percent bottle of whisky cannot be sold for less than £14 ($19.12, about 1,200 rubles), a 750 ml 13 percent bottle of wine - for less than 4.88 pounds ($6.66, about 421 rubles) and two liters of 5 percent cider can only be sold for a minimum of 5 pounds ($6.83, about 431 rubles).
"It's no secret that Scotland has a troubled relationship with alcohol". On average, alcohol misuse causes about 697 hospital admissions and 22 deaths a week and it costs Scotland £3.6 billion each year, or £900 for every adult, ministers say.
"Labour has made the case for a Social Responsibility Levy to claw back the windfall supermarkets could make from minimum unit pricing".
It was passed with a "sunset clause" meaning that minimum unit pricing will end in six years if MSPs at Holyrood decide it has not worked.
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"We've been brewing in Scotland since 1556 and producing cider in Ireland since 1935, and have always held responsible consumption of alcohol as a key priority of our business".
PC Claire McNaney believes those most at risk will benefit from the minimum price of a unit being introduced here. As with booze cruises to France, some will be doing it legally for their own consumption and others will be doing it to sell illegally in Scotland.
The policy is a world first, and is meant to address the harms to health caused by the sale and consumption of cheap, strong alcohol and reduce alcohol-related crime.
Chief executive Shirley Cramer said numerous studies and global evidence suggest MUP can significantly reduce deaths and other health harms.
"It is vital therefore that the impact of on businesses and on consumers of the MUP experiment in Scotland is rigorously and objectively monitored and evaluated over time".
"So they are probably drinking the cheap alcohol".
Some campaigners are calling for similar legislation to be introduced in England - with fears that many lives could be lost as a result of alcohol, and that the NHS will be footing a bill worth millions.
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