Cut-price alcohol will become a thing of the past after Parliament today passed the Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill.
This will pave the way for the introduction of a preferred minimum price of 50p per unit.
The move is a significant step forward in the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle Scotland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol.
The policy has won broad support across different sectors including the medical profession, police forces, alcohol charities and significant parts of the drinks and licensed trade industry.
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “This is a landmark moment in Scotland’s fight against alcohol misuse. I am delighted that Parliament has passed the Bill and minimum pricing will now become law. It has been a long road to get to where we are now and we have worked hard to convince those who were in doubt that this was the right policy for Scotland. I’m glad that my parliamentary colleagues have done the right thing today in voting to make these proposals a reality.
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