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Scottish court gives go-ahead to minimum alcohol pricing

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5720 (Published 24 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5720
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

The drinks industry in Scotland has been urged to accept a ruling that a minimum price for a unit of alcohol is legal. The Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled on 21 October that the Scottish parliament had acted in its powers when it passed a bill implementing a minimum price of 50p (€0.56; $0.61) for a unit.

The Scotch Whisky Association, alongside other bodies representing the alcohol industry, has waged a legal battle against the bill since it was passed in …

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