EU court deals blow to Scottish move to tackle heavy drinking with minimum alcohol price

December 23, 2015 10:30 AM

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BRUSSELS – Europe's top court has dealt a blow to Scotland's attempts to set a minimum price for alcohol, but left the door open for higher taxes.

The pricing legislation was passed in 2012 to discourage heavy drinking, particularly of strong, cheap alcohol. It aimed to protect health by hiking the price of high-strength drinks including the national tipple, whisky.

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