Cheap alcohol is to be outlawed in Scotland

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 14 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3425
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

The days of cheap alcohol being sold in Scotland may soon be over as a minimum price of 50p (€0.6; $0.8) a unit is set to be approved later this month.

It will mean that the cheapest bottle of spirits will rise in price from just under £9 to over £13 and cheap cider will more than double from £1.69 for two litres to £4.20. The aim is to reduce harmful drinking, and it has been estimated that the policy will save 300 lives a year in the first 10 years, result in 6500 fewer admissions to …

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