Scottish MUP for alcohol set at 50p

Scottish Health Secretary, Shona Robison, has today confirmed that the Scottish Government will recommend the minimum price per unit (“MUP”) of alcohol should be set at 50 pence.

The decision was made following analysis of a public consultation (on which we previously reported, and which can be downloaded, here), and the recommended price will now be laid before the Scottish Parliament. The consultation report can be downloaded below.

Ms Robison said the responses to the consultation indicated the majority of respondents who commented on the price were supportive of the 50 pence minimum unit price.

She said: “I am grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation on our proposed minimum price per unit of alcohol and I am happy to confirm that we will be moving forward with our recommendation of 50 pence. With alcohol on sale today in some places at just 16 pence per unit, we have to tackle the scourge of cheap, high-strength drink that causes so much damage to so many families. This move will save thousands of lives.”

Suzanne Davies commented in her December 2017 article for Pub & Bar on the likely consequences of the Supreme Court’s 15 November 2017 judgment finding that it could reasonably be concluded that the system of MUP proposed by the Scottish Parliament was proportionate in the sense required by European Union law.

You can read here about consideration of the implications of introduction of alcohol MUP in England by the House of Commons Health and Home Affairs Committees with charities, academics, professional bodies and industry, that took place on 19 January 2018.


  1. The Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2018 was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 1 March 2018, with the consequential effect that MUP of alcohol will come into force in Scotland on 1 May 2018.
  2. On 14 March 2018, the Scottish Government updated its guidance on MUP (that can also be downloaded below)