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Ministers in Scotland propose increasing minimum alcohol unit price to 65p

  • The minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in Scotland could increase to 65p per unit, an increase from the current 50p per unit. This proposal comes as a response to rising alcohol-related deaths and aims to tackle alcohol-related harm.
  • The Scottish government's MUP policy has been successful in reducing alcohol consumption, deaths, and hospital admissions. It has also contributed to reducing health inequalities. However, critics argue that increasing the MUP would disproportionately affect responsible drinkers during a cost-of-living crisis.
  • The proposed MUP increase is supported by groups including Alcohol Focus Scotland and estimates show that it has potential to prevent a significant number of deaths and hospital admissions. However, a nine-week consultation period will be held to gather public input before a final decision is made.
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