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For better or for worse: how Scotland's new drink-drive limit has changed the pub trade

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How Scotland’s drink-drive law has changed pubs

By Phil Mellows

Scotland’s lower drink drive limits have had a profound effect on the pub trade, leaving a significant amount of sites with a decline in trade. Has this led to a crisis or opened up opportunities for change? Phil Mellows reports

The proposals for minimum pricing have suffered a bitter blow

Bitter blow for Scottish minimum unit pricing plans

By Minimum pricing

The Scottish Government’s plans to introduce minimum pricing have suffered a bitter blow after the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice said the move infringed EU rules on free trade.

Proposals: The Scottish Government has published its bill on a minimum unit price for alcohol today

Scottish Minimum Pricing Bill published today

By Adam Pescod

Minimum pricing on alcohol is unlikely to reduce alcohol misuse, is probably illegal and threatens one of Scotland’s key industries. That is the Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) view on the controversial policy set out in the Alcohol Bill, published...

Concerned: Patrick Browne, chief executive of SBPA

Price of pint in Scotland could rise by 50p, warns SBPA

By Adam Pescod

The price of a pint in Scotland could rise by fifty pence if the Scottish government pushes ahead with plans to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol, and takes over alcohol excise duties from Westminster.

Scottish Government clarifies under-21 law

Scottish Government clarifies under-21 law

By Adam Pescod

The Scottish Government has dismissed reports that the "green light" has been given to prevent under- 21s from buying alcohol in the off-trade.