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"Today's UK Supreme Court decision will have an immediate and lasting impact on public health policy in Scotland".

During a hearing in July, the judges heard argument from the Scotch Whisky Association...

The supreme court's ruling will allow Sturgeon's government and its counterpart in Wales to introduce the cap, thought to be 50p per unit.

Absolutely delighted that minimum pricing has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

The Scottish government has committed to a review of the policy after five years while a "sunset" provision, included in the legislation, means that it will expire after six years unless renewed by a ministerial decision which receives the positive approval of the Scottish parliament.

It is the right move to make: a progressive step forward in tackling the problems of alcohol misuse in Scotland and we congratulate the Scottish government on its perseverance.

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

'This has been a long journey and in the five years since the Act was passed, alcohol-related deaths in Scotland have increased.

SpiritsEUROPE regrets the UK Supreme Court ruling on MUP, which will distort competition by preventing efficient low-priced producers of alcoholic drinks in other Member States from using that competitive advantage against higher cost producers, without targeting those who drink at harmful levels.

She said minimum unit pricing will save the lives of hundreds of Scots and improve the lives of thousands more.

A small number of countries, including Canada and Russian Federation, and some states in the USA, have a form of minimum pricing, according to the Institute for Alcohol Studies.

"From a licensing perspective, when the regime is brought into effect, an additional condition will be inserted into all licences, both on and off sale, that an alcohol product must not be sold at a price below the statutorily determined minimum price per unit of alcohol", she said.

There were 1,265 alcohol-related deaths in 2016 in Scotland, a 10 per cent increase on the previous year in a nation of 5.3 million people.

Alcohol misuse results in about 670 hospital admissions and 24 deaths a week - with the Scottish Government saying death rates are nearly 1.5 times higher now than they were in the early 1980s.

"Alcohol is 60 percent more affordable in the United Kingdom than it was in 1980 and alcohol misuse costs Scotland £3.6 billion each year [US$4.73billion] - £900 for every adult [US$1184]".


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