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Scots alcohol sales lowest since 1990s

THE Scots bought less alcohol in 2018 than any year since records began in the early 1990s, according to a new report.

Scots alcohol sales lowest since 1990s

Analysis by NHS Health Scotland found Scottish adults still bought more alcohol than people in England and Wales on average but the gap narrowed.

A minimum price per unit of alcohol was introduced on May 1 last year in a bid to tackle Scotland's drink culture.

The authors of the report said it was not possible to quantify the impact but "early indicators were encouraging".

Scotland was the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit pricing (MUP), although others places operate different forms of price control.

Minimum pricing was largely aimed at raising the cost of cheap lager, cider and spirits sold in supermarkets and off-licences to reduce consumption.

The 2019 Mesas (Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland's Alcohol Strategy) report showed that the average Scottish adult bought 19 units of alcohol per week, while the UK's recommended limit was 14 units a week for men and women.

The annual volume of "pure alcohol" in drinks sold in Scotland was 9.9 litres per adult, down about 3 per cent from 10.2 litres in 2017. The volume of alcohol is 9 per cent higher than in England and Wales -- the smallest difference since 2003.

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