04 March 2020

Wales Minimum Pricing Law Comes Into Force - BBC News

A new law introducing a minimum alcohol price in Wales has come into force. 

As of Monday, retailers and any outlets serving alcohol must charge at least 50p a unit, meaning a typical bottle of wine costs no less than £4.69.  Health Minister Vaughan Gething said it would tackle “harmful and damaging” drinking of cheap, strong alcohol.

 A report found alcohol sales in Scotland dropped after a similar system started there in May 2018, while sales rose slightly in Wales and England.