Scotland may be first UK country to impose minimum alcohol price

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 10 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2927
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Legislation on the minimum pricing of alcohol is set to be introduced in Scotland after the resounding victory of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in last week’s Scottish parliamentary election.

The win also signifies a divergence in health policy between Scotland and England. The SNP has rejected the reforms that have created so much unrest in England and promised to protect the Scottish health budget in a “publicly funded and publicly delivered” health service.

However, economists are warning of difficult challenges ahead in paying for …

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