Scottish Alcohol Bill

The Bill to formally introduce minimum pricing for Alcohol in Scotland is expected to be pushed through in Holyrood today.

Scottish Alcohol Bill goes through

MSPs have voted to back plans for minimum pricing. It means Scotland will become the first part of the UK to set a floor price for alcohol of 50p per unit.

Ministers say the policy - which is aimed at tackling drink fuelled violence and health problems - will be ditched after six years if it doesn't work.

Minimum pricing vote - Holyrood

MSPs will vote today on the Scottish Government's plans to bring in a mininum price for alcohol.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon wants to set a price of 50p per unit.

Ms Sturgeon said

"Too many Scots are drinking themselves to death. The problem affects people of all walks of life".

– Nicola Sturgeon MSP

It is estimated that the country's alcohol problems cost £3.56billon each year MSPs voted to back the general principles of the bill at its first stage in March.

But the Labour party abstained saying minimum pricing will punish those who are less well off.