United Kingdom supreme court rules minimum alcohol pricing is legal

Minimum alcohol pricing set to come into force in Scotland

The seven Justices at the Supreme Court unanimously rejected an appeal by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), ruling that the measure does not breach European Union law and is a "proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim".

The policy was introduced to combat alcohol-related illness and crime.

Ms Sturgeon said: 'Absolutely delighted that minimum pricing has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

Following a five-year legal battle, the SWA has accepted the minimum unit pricing ruling.

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.

Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, re-iterated today (15 November) that minimum pricing was "a necessary move to improve public health". We'll be working with the Scottish Government and our customers over the coming months to support the successful introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing.

In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court said: "Minimum pricing is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim".

Scottish health secretary Shona Robison will soon announce the government's "next steps" in implementing MUP.

Ministers said it would help fight Scotland's "unhealthy relationship with drink".

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'With alcohol available for sale at just 18 pence a unit, that death toll remains unacceptably high.

The judgement, handed down by justice Lord Mance, said that increasing alcohol price by an excise duty or Value-Added Tax increase "would not be equally effective" at targeting cheap alcohol.

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.

The Scottish Government argues the policy is needed as nearly a fifth more alcohol is sold per adult in Scotland than in England and Wales, while alcohol-related deaths have increased by 10 per cent over the past year.

Ministers will now conduct a consultation on the proposed 50 pence per unit price and refresh the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) that is required by Parliament.

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.

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

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