Scotland minimum alcohol price LIVE: Four pack of beer costs £8

Scotland minimum alcohol price LIVE: Four pack of beer costs £8 from TODAY (but Buckfast will stay the same)

  • Scotland has increased the minimum price per unit of alcohol to 50p today
  • It has sparked warnings Scots will travel across the border for cheaper alcohol
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Scotland has become the first country in the world to bring in a minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

The new legislation, which was passed through by MSPs in Holyrood comes into effect today – setting the minimum price per unit of alcohol at 50p. 

Ministers believe MUP will mostly affect the cheap white ciders and value spirits with high alcohol content that tend to be favoured by harmful drinkers. 

The 50p minimum price means a 70cl bottle of whisky cannot be sold for less than £14 in Scotland. 

It takes the cost of a 70cl bottle of 37.5% vodka to no less than £13.13, four 440ml cans of 9% lager increase to a minimum of £7.92 and a 75cl bottle of 12.5% wine can be sold for no less than £4.69. 

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Many alcohol products in bars and restaurants already cost more than 50p a unit, so you may find that the drinks you buy there will cost the same as they did before.

Forget Calais – Berwick could become the new booze cruise capital

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Conservative MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, an English town near the Sottish border, said the country may see a new booze cruise route.

She told Mail Online: ‘It may be that this new Scottish pricing policy encourages entrepreneurial activity in Berwick to offer alcohol with a price differential from across the Border. 

‘I remember the booze cruise activity to Calais in France years ago by UK residents, and we may well see this happen at the Border at Berwick.’

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Scotland has increased the minimum price of alcohol to 50p per unit – making it the most expensive country in the UK to buy booze in.

This is what has happened to the price of some of the country’s favourite tipples:

Cider (2 litre bottle, Aldi Taurus), Was £1.99 Now: £5

Whisky (70cl bottle, Aldi, Craig & Crag): Was £10 Now £14

Vodka (70cl bottle, Aldi Tamova): Was: £9.99 Now: £13.13

Red Wine (Asda rich & ripe) Was: £3.19 Now: £4.88 

Beer (12 cans Aldi lager) Was: £6.29 Now: £10.82 

Christopher Snowdon, the director of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, told The Telegraph: ‘I would say that Scots will be hopping across the border to buy alcohol that is, in some cases, less than half price.

‘As with booze cruises to France, some will be doing it legally for their own consumption and others will be doing it to sell illegally in Scotland.’

Fears of ‘booze cruises’ to England

The Scottish Government’s move has sparked warning that an influx of Scots will start travelling down to the English border towns to stock up on cheaper alcohol.

Shops near the border have been stocking up on extra alcohol and launching offers in anticipation of a surge in demand. 

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One of Scotland’s favourite alcoholic drinks, Buckfast, will remain the same price despite the MUP being introduced today.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) believes it will not tackle alcohol misuse effectively and says there is no evidence MUP is effective in reducing alcohol-related harm.

It believes the measure contravenes EU trading rules. It claims MUP will set a precedent for ‘equally ineffective and illegal measures’ by other countries which could severely damage the Scotch Whisky industry’s export markets and the Scottish economy.

It has not been an easy ride for the Scottish Government to implement the law, which was passed through Holyrood in 2012.

It was held up due to a long-running legal challenge from alcohol industry bodies, led by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Their challenge was heard at various levels at Scotland’s highest civil court, the Court of Session, and went to the Court of Justice of the European Union. It was only after that the hearings moved to the UK Supreme Court, which rejected the industry challenge.

Days before the Scottish government introduced the minimum unit price for alcohol, Daldip Singh’s family shop in Muirhouse in Edinburgh had sold out of Frosty Jack’s cider. is all out of Frosty Jack’s. Before today, he sold a three-litre bottle for £4.50, but can no longer sell it for less than £11.25 now.

Mr Singh told the Financial Times that local drinkers were stocking up ahead of the change. He said: ‘A few people have mentioned that they were panic buying.’

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), a group of more than 50 medical organisations including the British Medical Association, Royal College of GPs and Alcohol Concern, say that if England does not copy Scotland within five years, then 1,000 lives could be lost through alcohol-related problems.

On average, alcohol misuse causes about 697 hospital admissions and 22 deaths a week and it costs Scotland £3.6 billion each year, or £900 for every adult, ministers say.

Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish Government argues the nation’s relationship with alcohol has become imbalanced. Almost a fifth more alcohol is sold per adult in Scotland than in England and Wales, and statistics show more than 40% of prisoners were drunk at the time of their offence. 

Why HAS Scotland decided to up the cost of booze?

Scotland has become the first country in the world to bring in minimum unit pricing for alcohol. Here are some key questions about the move. Click HERE. 

Today Scotland makes history by introducing minimum alcohol pricing. 

It takes the cost of a 70cl bottle of 37.5% vodka to no less than £13.13, four 440ml cans of 9% lager increase to a minimum of £7.92 and a 75cl bottle of 12.5% wine can be sold for no less than £4.69. 

 Nicola Sturgeon says the move will ‘save lives’. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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