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Scottish government seeks minimum alcohol price of 50p per unit

The Scottish government has confirmed that it wants to set a minimum price for alcohol of 50p per unit.

The figure, 5p higher than the one which had been proposed in the previous parliament, comes as a 40p price is planned for England and Wales.

The Scottish Nationalists hope the measure will reduce the health problems caused by excessive drinking.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement during a visit to Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Lorna Gordon reports.

  • 14 May 2012