Friday, September 3, 2010

Scotland Considers Minimum Price for Booze

Posted By on Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM

From the county that brought you beer in a squirrel, comes new proposed legislation to help curb Scotland's heavy-drinking ways.

The Scottish government announced plans to introduce a minimum price for all alcohol, limiting retailers ability to offer ultra-cheap drink specials to increase business. Under the already-controversial plan, alcohol couldn't be sold for less than 45 pence per unit.

According to The Guardian, there are roughly 1,500 alcohol-related deaths in Scotland each year, and the country has the world's eighth-highest consumption rate (11.8 liters of pure alcohol per person. And, yes, that's more than the United States).

The proposal is already meeting quite a bit of opposition. If the country is willing to take a little advice from us "colonists," don't even consider a little thing called "prohibition." It doesn't work. Trust us.

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