Minimum Unit Pricing comes into force in Wales

Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) has come into force in Wales.

As of today, retailers and any outlets serving alcohol must charge at least 50p per unit. As a result of this, a bottle of wine cannot be priced at less than £4.69.  

A similar system was introduced in Scotland in May 2018 and the results of this are still being assessed.

Under the Public Health Minimum Price for Alcohol Wales Act 2018 retailers must use a formula for working out minimum unit pricing.

Wales’ Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, said: “We know when alcohol is cheap and readily available, harmful drinking increases. The minimum price won’t affect moderate drinkers who may be worried about the price of a pint going up. The aim of this legislation is to reduce the harm being done by those most at risk of alcohol abuse.”

Official figures show approximately 500 people die each year in Wales from alcohol-related causes, with about 60,000 hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption, totalling an estimated £159 million to the Welsh NHS annually. 

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