Published on November 1st, 2011 | by Dean Carr
Scottish government reintroduces alcohol pricing bill
Plans to reintroduce a minimum price for a unit of alcohol in Scotland have been announced.
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said it was important that Scotland’s “battle with alcohol misuse” was tackled.
Official figures have suggested Scots drink more than people in other parts of the UK.
A first attempt by the SNP to push through a similar price proposal failed during the last parliament.
MSPs rejected the idea before the May election, but after the SNP’s majority win at that poll this fresh plan is set to become law before next summer.
At this stage, the Scottish government has not fixed a unit price.
During the first attempt to bring forward the legislation, the SNP minority government proposed setting the minimum price at 45p per unit.
That would have resulted in;
- an own-brand bottle of vodka increasing in price from from £8.35 to £11.85
- a two-litre bottle of cider going up from £1.20 to £3.75
- and the cost of a bottle of wine moving from £3.75 to £4.20
A unit figure will be suggested in the new year after research by the University of Sheffield, which is re-running its minimum price modelling to produce the most up-to-date data.
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