Scottish drinkers may soon more for their alcohol

Scottish drinkers may soon more for their alcohol

On Monday, the Scottish government confirmed it will set a minimum price of GBP0.50 (US$0.80) per unit of alcohol.

Retailers, primarily in the off-trade, will have to raise prices on a number of drinks to conform to the new law, which could extend to the rest of the UK by 2014. Here, just-drinks takes a grab-bag of alcohol sold in Scotland and sees what difference minimum pricing will make.

Wine

  • Brand - Silver Rock Chardonnay 75cl

Current price - GBP3.19 ($5.04)

Price under new rules - GBP4.69 ($7.41)

Current price - GBP4.68 ($7.40)

Price under new rules -GBP4.69 ($7.41)

  • Brand - Blossom Hill Chardonnay, 75cl

Current price - GBP6.69 ($10.57)

Price under new rules - No change

Cider

  • Brand - Tesco Strong dry cider, 4x440ml

Current price - GBP1.80 (US$2.85)

Price under new rules - GBP4.67 ($7.39)

  • Brand - Blackthorn dry cider, 12x440ml

Current price - GBP11.99 ($18.96)

Price under new rules - GBP14.52 ($)

  • Brand - Gaymers Old English, 4x440ml

Current price - GBP3.89 ($6.15)

Price under new rules - GBP3.96 ($6.26)

Vodka

  • Brand - Tesco Value vodka, 70cl

Current price - GBP8.72 ($13.72)

Price under new rules - GBP13.13 ($20.75)

  • Brand - Glen’s vodka, 70cl 

Current price - GBP11.29 ($17.85)

Price under new rules - GBP13.13 ($20.75)

Current price - GBP16.07 ($25.04)

Price under new rules - No change

Whisky

  • Brand - Tesco Value, 70cl

Current price - GBP9.97 ($15.76)

Price under new rules -  GBP14.00 ($22.12)

  • Brand - Bell’s, 70cl

Current price - GBP15.59 ($24.63)

Price under new rules - No change

  • Brand - Grants, 70cl

Current price - GBP16.50 ($26.07)

Price under new rules - No change

Beer and lager

  • Brand - Tesco Lager 4x500ml

Current price - GBP2.24 ($3.54)

Price under new rules - GBP4 ($6.32)

  • Brand - Tennents Super Lager 4x440ml

Current price - GBP6.79 ($10.73)

Price under new rules - GBP7.92 ($12.51)

  • Brand - Stella Artois 4x440ml

Current price - GBP3.99 ($6.30)

Price under new rules - No change

Figures from Scottish government