Minimum Alcohol Pricing starts in Scotland: here’s how it affects gin

Minmum alcohol pricing (also known as minimum unit pricing — fun!) will officially take effect in Scotland on 1 May 2018.

The Gin Kin has covered the basics of this new legislation and what this means for gin drinkers here.


What is minimum alcohol pricing?

Minimum alcohol pricing is a new law coming to effect in Scotland on 1 May 2018. The minimum price of alcohol will be 50p per unit, which means a full 70cl bottle of gin can no longer be under a tenner.

First off, this is not a tax. Instead, the measure is meant to reduce the availability of super cheap alcohol.

The law was first approved in 2012, but will not take affect until May 2018. It will see prices of gin, vodka, beer, cider, whisky, wine and other alcoholic drinks rise. Drinkers of beer can multi-packs will be the most effected.

When will it start? And where?

Minimum alcohol pricing will be in force as of 1 May 2018 in Scotland.

Why is it here?

The purpose of this legislation is to deter shoppers from super cheap alcohol.

A £9.99 bottle of supermarket brand gin will now be £13.13 minimum — almost a third more expensive than previously.

How will it affect my favourite gins?

Here’s how the prices of supermarket gins will change:

  • Gordon’s Gin, Asda, now £12 for 70cl — will be £13.13
  • Tesco Gin, now £11 for 70cl — will be £13.13
  • Aldi Gin, now £9.99 for 70cl — will be £13.13
  • Lidl Gin, now £9.99 for 70cl — will be £13.13
  • Sainsbury’s Basic London Gin, now £10.50 for 70cl — will be £13.13
  • Gordon’s Gin, Morrisons, now £16 for 1L — will be £18.75

How do I calculate the new cost of spirits?

To figure out the new minimum price of wine and spirits, multiply the total volume of a drink in ml by its ABV. Then divide the result by 1,000.

For example, a full size 70cl bottle of 40% ABV gin has 28 units. The minimum price is now 50p unit, so its minimum price is £14.


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