Scotland to start minimum alcohol-pricing aimed at health improvement

Spirits bottles in a shopping cart

Spirits bottles in a shopping cart

Price hike: Alcohol will cost at least 50p a unit in Scotland.

"This is a historic and far-reaching judgement and a landmark moment in our ambition to turn around Scotland's troubled relationship with alcohol", she said.

Scotland is to become one of the first countries in the world to introduce minimum alcohol pricing, in an attempt to improve public health after the Scotch Whisky Association lost an appeal with Britain'sSupreme Court.

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A lawyer representing the SWA argued at a hearing in London in July that there were better ways to achieve the Scottish Government's aim of lowering alcohol consumption and tackling associated problems. It lodged a series of appeals against rulings by Scottish judges in favour of Sturgeon's plans. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

"We will now look to the Scottish and UK Governments to support the industry against the negative effects of trade barriers being raised in overseas markets that discriminate against Scotch whisky as a outcome of minimum pricing, and to argue for fair competition on our behalf. At home, we hope to see an objective assessment of the impact of MUP".