My Scottish friends seem to be venturing down a dodgy path in trying to set a minimum price for units of alcohol in a bid to try and lower their problems of alcohol related disease, where uncharacteristically, they are European champions.
The likelihood is that this will be declared illegal by the EU, but even if it isn't, I have mixed feelings on this and on balance am against it, though probably only just. For once the Portman Group get it right when they say "People who drink to get drunk would not be influenced by these measures."
Unlike the Pub Curmudgeon, I don't see this as affecting pubs particularly and it certainly wouldn't affect me personally one little bit even if I lived in Scotland. It won't affect Scotland's alkies' favourite drink Buckfast either, as it is not strong enough to impinge on it price wise. Equally those old fortified wine favourites of my youth, Lanliq, Vordo, Eldorado and Emva Cream might make a spectacular comeback. Those requiring cheap oblivion always find something to drink that they can afford and that will do the trick.
I do hope this doesn't bring a comeback for Bellair Milk though.
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