Reuters, 1 May 2018
Scotland introduced minimum unit pricing on alcohol on
Tuesday as it tries to improve public health by raising the cost of
cheap, strong drinks favored by young people and
A unit of alcohol, defined as 10 milliliters (8 grammes) of pure
alcohol, must not cost less than 50 pence ($0.68) as Scotland
becomes one of the first countries in the world to introduce
minimum alcohol pricing.
The increase on mainly cheaper white ciders and value spirits
will help to cut alcohol-related deaths, according to the Scottish
"Over the first five years of this policy the estimate is
that several hundred fewer deaths from alcohol will be recorded and
we will reduce admissions to hospital," Scotland's First Minister
Nicola Sturgeon told Sky News.
The Scottish government won a landmark court case
against the Scottish Whisky Association in November, allowing it to
go ahead with the move.