The Anonymous Widower

Scotland’s New Alcohol Pricing Laws

Scotland now has new alcohol pricing laws, as is detailed in this article on the BBC, which is entitled Scotland Ends Cheap Booze As Minimum Price Starts.

A minimum price on alcohol of fifty pence will certainly have effects, although my preferred drink of Suffolk-brewed low-alcohol gluten-free real ale from Marks and Spencer, which is just 0.25 units for a half-litre bottle at £2.60, would not be affected. I don’t think it’s even sold in Scotland, as it’s a very soft Sassenach drink.

I feel that the minimum pricing will either work very well or be a disastrous failure.

I think it depends on how law-abiding, the average Scot is!

The article in the Guardian is entitled Smoking Rate In UK Falls To Second-Lowest In Europe .

This is said.

In 2016, 15.8% of adults in the UK smoked, down from 17.2% in 2015, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Some 15.5% of adults currently smoke in England, rising to 18.1% in Northern Ireland, 17.7% in Scotland and 16.9% in Wales.

I suspect the Scottish government hope to see similar falls in the sales of alcohol, that the various smoking bans have brought.

If I walk into all the local shops round here, cheap booze is prominent, but I rarely see anybody drunk on the street and never on the buses.

On the other hand, I can’t help feeling that the higher booze prices will be just another tax on those, who can’t afford it.


May 1, 2018 - Posted by | Food | ,


  1. It is not strictly speaking a tax, since the vendor pockets the difference.
    It will push up spirits from £10 / £16* per bottle / litre to £14 / £20+, a can of passable lager from 75p to over £1 and a bottle of wine at Lidl from £3 to £4.50p – £5p or more.
    Unintended consequences include booze trips to and “smuggling” from England or even the EU, which the rich can afford, but more seriously illegal distillation resulting in people suffering serious health consequences from contaminated spirit. A woman in Manchester was blinded by fake “Vladivar” vodka a few years ago and illicit production is industrial scale –
    e.g. also vodka, whisky etc.

    Comment by Mark Clayton | May 1, 2018 | Reply

    • My fears as well!

      On the other hand the Scots might grin and acceptnit!

      Comment by AnonW | May 1, 2018 | Reply

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