SNP Consider Minimum Price For Alcohol Units, Nicola Sturgeon Claims 'Overwhelming' Support
SNP ministers are looking at introducing a minimum price for alcohol units, after similar plans were rejected by MSPs during the previous Scottish government.
Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said there was "overwhelming" support for minimum pricing.
"Everyone is well aware that Scotland has an alcohol problem, with Scots drinking more than any other part of the UK - estimated to cost £3.56 billion each year. That's £900 for every adult."
In Scotland alcohol sales are 23% higher than England and Wales and alcohol is estimated to cost £52m a year.
Sturgeon is expected to detail the plan during a visit to Glasgow's Gartnavel Royal Hospital.
The SNP's previous plans proposed a price of 45p per unit of alcohol but Sturgeon told the Scotsman she wanted to get it "right" this time.