UK Supreme Court rules that minimum unit pricing in Scotland can proceed

Commenting on the UK Supreme Court’s ruling on Scottish minimum alcohol unit pricing, Professor Steve Turner, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Officer for Scotland, said:

“The introduction of minimum alcohol unit pricing will make a big difference to the health and wellbeing of young people in Scotland and I look forward to the Scottish government’s announcement on when this ground-breaking measure will be implemented. Parental alcohol consumption affects children in a number of ways from damaging the developing brain in the womb to increasing the likelihood of child poverty, abuse and neglect. In addition, more than 13% of Scottish 15 year olds admit to drinking at least once a week and they’re also more likely to binge drink which is even more damaging to health. Increasing the price of cheap, strong alcohol will reduce this harm to our children and young people and improve Scottish health and wellbeing into adulthood.”