What is the SNP doing to tackle alcohol misuse?

The SNP Scottish Government has introduced a minimum unit price for alcohol in Scotland after the UK Supreme Court unanimously approved Scottish Government plans. Minimum unit pricing was passed unopposed in the Scottish Parliament and backed by public health professionals, the police and alcohol charities.

Minimum unit pricing tackles the source of cheap, high strength drinks. For example, a minimum unit price of 50 pence means 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. You can find our framework to reduce alcohol-related harm here

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.

We will also invest an additional £20 million in alcohol and drug treatment and support services to back up our new alcohol and drug strategy, Rights, Respect & Recovery, which sets out our ambitions around multi-agency support. This is in addition to the £746 million we have invested to tackle problem alcohol and drug use since 2008.