How much your favourite alcoholic drinks now cost in Scotland

The country has introduced a 50p per unit pricing law to discourage problem drinking 

Sarah Young
Tuesday 01 May 2018 12:53
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Scotland has become the first country in the world to implement a minimum unit price for alcohol.

Overnight, prices have risen making it illegal for shops in Scotland to sell alcohol for less than 50p per unit.

The government has introduced the new legislation in a bid to curb the nation’s drinking problem and save lives.

The move, which is expected to hit high-strength ciders and cheap own-brand spirits the worst, has been welcomed by medical professionals as the biggest breakthrough in public health since the ban on smoking in public.

So much so, that Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, hailed it as "bold and brave."

Designed to target booze that attracts problem drinkers, it is unlikely that the price of alcohol in pubs, clubs and restaurants will be affected.

However, those that line supermarket and corner shop shelves will see some of the biggest rise in prices.

Here, we take a look at how the cost of some of your favourite beverage will change.

Cider

Sainsbury’s – Bulmers, previous price £8 for 8 x 500ml, 2.3 UK Units – new minimum price £9.20

Iceland - Frosty Jack, previous price £3.69 for 3L, 22.5 UK Units – new minimum price £11.25

Tesco - Scrumpy Jack, previous price £3.75 for 4 x 400ml, 2.6 UK Units – new minimum price £5.20

Asda – Strongbow, previous price £9 for 12 x 440ml, 2.2 UK Units – new minimum price £13.20

Vodka

Iceland – Glen’s Vodka, previous price £12.50 for 70cl, 26.3 UK Units – new minimum price £13.15

Sainsbury’s – Vodka Basics, previous price £10.75 for 70cl, 26.3 UK Units – new minimum price £13.15

Tesco - Imperial Vodka, previous price £5.75 for 35cl, 14 UK Units – new minimum price £7

Tesco – Russian Standard Vodka, previous price £12 for 70cl, 26.6 UK Units – new minimum price £13.30

Whisky

Asda - Famous Grouse Whisky, previous price £12 for 70cl, 28 UK Units - new minimum price £14

Lidl – Glen Orchy Scotch Whisky, previous price £13.99 for 70cl, 28 UK Units - new minimum price £14

Tesco - Scots Club Blended Scotch Whisky, previous price £11 for 70cl, 28 UK Units - new minimum price £14

Wine

Asda - Garanega Pinot Grigio, previous price £12 for 2.25L, 25.9 UK Units – new minimum price £12.95

Lidl – Cimarosa Malborough Sauvignon Blanc, previous price £5.99 for 75cl, 9.3 UK Units – new minimum price £6.29

Morrisons – Silver Bay Point Red, previous price £7.50 for 2.25L, 18 UK Units – new minimum price £9

If your go-to tipple isn’t on the list, you can work out the price change yourself by calculating how many units it has.

To do so, multiply the total volume of a drink in ml by its ABV (alcohol by volume) and divide by 1,000.

For example, a 70cl (700ml) bottle of whisky at 40 abv equates to 28 units – which would mean a minimum price of £14.

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