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Holyrood fixes minimum unit price of alcohol at 50p

The Scottish government is recommending a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol.

Subject to parliamentary approval the new pricing arrangement will be introduced in May.

The decision was made following analysis of a public consultation.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said the responses to the consultation indicated the majority of respondents who commented on the price were supportive of the 50p minimum unit price.

She said: “I am grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation on our proposed minimum price per unit of alcohol and I am happy to confirm that we will be moving forward with our recommendation of 50 pence.

“With alcohol on sale today in some places at just 16 pence per unit, we have to tackle the scourge of cheap, high-strength drink that causes so much damage to so many families. This move will save thousands of lives.”

The introduction of a minimum unit price follows a long campaign of opposition by some of the main players in the drinks industry which was fought through the courts.

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