We will introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol.
Minimum unit pricing will raise the price of very cheap alcohol and therefore limit its availability. This will lead to a reduction in the harmful consumption of alcohol, curb practices such as 'pre-loading' at home before a night out and lead to reductions in alcohol-related health harms and crimes.
The impact of minimum unit pricing will depend on the price level. However, there is evidence to suggest that harmful drinkers will be most affected by a minimum unit price and moderate drinkers least affected. The government is currently consulting on a recommended minimum unit price of 45p.
Example retail prices
Based on a 45p minimum unit price (for illustrative purposes) the minimum selling prices for various product types would be as follows:
|Product||Volume||Strength (abv)||Number of units||minimum selling price|
|Cider (high strength)||2 litres||7.5%||15||£6.75|
|Lager (4 pack)||440ml (x 4)||5% (x 4)||2.2 (x 4)||£3.96|
More information is available in our alcohol strategy.
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