The minimum price for a single unit of alcohol in Scotland has risen by 30% from 50p, when it was introduced in 2018, to 65p.

It means that a bottle of wine will cost at least £6.09 and a bottle of whisky no less than £18.20 from September 30, when the new minimum price takes effect.

The plan was announced in Holyrood by Deputy First Minister Shona Robison, who was forced to step in last minute following the resignation of health secretary Michael Matheson.

A can of lager will now cost a minimum of £1.30, meaning a four-pack will now set you back at least £5.20. A standard bottle of vodka will now cost no less than £17.06.

Ms Robison told MSPs "alcohol remains a significant issue in Scotland" and that it's continuing to "contribute to worsening health outcomes".

"We, as a government, are determined to do all we can to reduce alcohol harm," she added.

The Scottish Conservatives retorted, with health spokesperson Dr Sandesh Gulhane arguing: "It is clear that minimum unit pricing is not reducing alcohol-related deaths as the SNP are claiming.

"What is perhaps most concerning is the report from Public Health Scotland that highlighted that problem drinkers are choosing to skip meals in order to buy alcohol.

"I am deeply concerned that the deputy first minister did not address my concerns on the failure of MUP to reduce alcohol-related deaths and help dependent drinkers."

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