SCOTLAND is to become the first country in the world to bring in minimum pricing for alcohol — with a limit of at least 50p per unit.
Supreme Court judges backed the measure, ending a five-year wrangle brought by the Scotch Whisky Association over whether the move is legal under European law.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) hailed the ruling as ‘bold and necessary’. Scottish health secretary Shona Robison said it was ‘a landmark moment in our ambition to turn around Scotland’s troubled relationship with alcohol’.
Last year there were 1,265 alcohol-related deaths in Scotland, a 10 per cent rise. Alcohol misuse costs Scotland — with pricing as low as 18p per unit — some £3.6billion a year.