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Sixty seconds on . . . minimum alcohol price

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3300 (Published 14 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3300
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

Is it final orders yet?

Nowhere near, in UK terms. In 2012 the coalition government pledged support for a minimum price for a unit of alcohol but shelved its plans in 2013, claiming that there was not enough evidence to proceed.1 2 But Scotland did pass legislation to set a minimum unit price there, also in 2012.3

And what’s happened in Scotland since then?

Not much, apart from growth in lawyers’ yacht and luxury holiday funds.

How come?

The drinks industry launched a legal challenge to the policy in the Scottish courts. …

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