Guide

Minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland

Last updated: 20 April 2018

Overview

A minimum unit price for alcohol will start on 1 May 2018. The Scottish Government has proposed a price per unit of 50p to the Scottish Parliament.

If the Parliament agrees, from 1 May 2018 all alcoholic drinks must cost at least 50p per unit. Anyone with a licence to sell alcohol won't be allowed to sell it cheaper than this.

The minimum unit price for alcohol applies to both:

  • retailers that sell alcohol for drinking off the premises (like newsagents and supermarkets)
  • places that sell alcohol for drinking on the premises (like pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants)

Further information

The Scottish Government has provided guidance on:

Contact mup@gov.scot if you have questions about minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

Minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland
Overview