What is the SNP doing to tackle alcohol misuse?
The SNP Scottish Government will introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol in Scotland after the UK Supreme Court unanimously approved Scottish Government plans.
Minimum unit pricing for alcohol will come into force on 1 May 2018 after being passed unopposed in the Scottish Parliament more than four years ago, and backed by public health professionals, the police and alcohol charities.
Minimum unit pricing will tackle the source of cheap, high strength drinks. For example, a minimum unit prince of 50 pence would mean a three litre bottle of strong cider at 7.5% ABV strength would cost £11.25, and a 700ml bottle of whisky could not be sold for less than £14.
Minimum unit pricing is an important element of the SNP Government’s long-term strategy to address Scotland’s troubled relationship with alcohol.
In government the SNP has already taken action to reduce alcohol misuse by banning multi-buy discounts and irresponsible drinks promotions, investing in prevention, treatment and support services and introducing a stricter drink drive limit.
As set out in the most recent Programme for Government, we will also invest an additional £20 million in alcohol and drug treatment and support services.