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The cost of alcohol is set to rise in Wales from next week as the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Act 2018 is set to come into force on the 2nd of March 2020.

If you run an alcohol licensed premises in Wales you will be committing an offence is you sell or supply, or authorise the sale or supply of, alcohol below the minimum price of 50 pence per unit.

How to calculate the minimum price for an alcoholic drink

The Act includes a formula for how the applicable minimum price must be calculated.  This formula is made up of the minimum unit price (to be specified in regulations), the percentage strength of the alcohol and its volume.

MUP (£0.5) x Strength (%) x Volume (litres) = minimum price at which it can be sold.

If the minimum price is set at 50 pence, the minimum price for a 70cl bottle of vodka of 40% ABV strength would be:

0.5 (MUP) x 40 (Strength) x 0.7 (Volume): 0.5 X 40 X 0.7 = £14.00

The minimum price for this bottle of vodka would be £14.00.

 

Stephen McCaffrey

Regulatory defence barrister specialising in alcohol and entertainment licensing law, appeals and defence.

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