Supreme Court clears path for 50p-per-unit minimum pricing in Scotland

Legal win lets Scotland be first country with minimum unit pricing for alcohol

Legal win lets Scotland be first country with minimum unit pricing for alcohol

Ministers said a 50p-per-unit minimum would help tackle Scotland's "unhealthy relationship with drink" by raising the price of cheap, high-strength alcohol.

"The Supreme Court has supported the decisions of the Lord Ordinary and the First Division of the Court of Session that, on an objective examination of the material before them, the proposed system of minimum pricing is proportionate as required by European Union law", she said.

The view of the Lord Ordinary, now upheld by the Supreme Court, is that taxation would "impose an unintended and unacceptable burden on sectors of the drinking population whose drinking habits and health do not represent a significant problem in societal terms".

"This has been a long road - and no doubt the policy will continue to have its critics - but it is a bold and necessary move to improve public health", Sturgeon said.

The Scottish government has committed to a review of the policy after five years while a "sunset" provision, included in the legislation, means that it will expire after six years unless renewed by a ministerial decision which receives the positive approval of the Scottish parliament.

The Judgment said: "Minimum pricing is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim".

Douglas called the move the biggest public health breakthrough since the ban on smoking in public places, applauding the Scottish Government for "determinedly seeing it through" in the face of global spirits producers' attempts to deter action and delay implementation.

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Experts at the University of Sheffield claim the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol will save lives.

This will make Scotland the first country in the world to operate a system of minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

"As alcohol has become more affordable, the rates of alcohol-related ill-health have risen".

During a hearing in July, the judges heard argument from the organisation that minimum unit pricing (MUP) is "disproportionate" and illegal under European law.

"Although the majority of Scots enjoy alcohol responsibly, we are concerned about the availability of strong, cheap alcohol and its correlation with harmful drinking that causes misery across Scotland".

However, she also said that the trade association would now be looking to the Scottish and UK Governments to support the industry against the "negative effects" of the legislation.

'This is vital in order that the jobs and investment the industry provides in Scotland are not damaged. "At home, we hope to see an objective assessment of the impact of MUP [minimum unit pricing]".

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