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Minimum price for alcohol proves hard to swallow in Scotland

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5120 (Published 30 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5120
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

    Health campaigners have reacted angrily to the decision by opposition politicians in Scotland to block moves to raise the price of cheap alcoholic drinks.

    Legislation proposed by the Scottish government would have made it the first country in northern Europe to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol. A price of 40 p (€0.44; $0.65) a unit would almost triple the cost of cheap ciders and increase the price of low cost beers and spirits, the drinks favoured by problem drinkers.

    Scotland has the eighth highest alcohol consumption in the world. One in 20 …

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