Commenting ahead of the Scottish Parliament approving a minimum price per unit of alcohol of 50p, with the measure coming into force next week, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
“Decades of low alcohol prices have taken their toll on Scotland. While this legislation will help to discourage the misuse of alcohol, inflation eroded the value of the original minimum price during the years that this policy has been caught up in the courts.
"That is one of the reasons why Scottish Liberal Democrats pressed the Scottish Government to introduce a higher rate than the 50p passed today.
"In light of this missed opportunity, the Scottish Government must keep a close eye on the impact this price makes and be open to raising it in future."