The Welsh Government will introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol of 50p from 2 March 2020.
The necessary legislaiton was approved this week (11 November 2019) by the National Assembly for Wales.
The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Act 2018 will mean that it will be an offence for alcohol to be supplied below that price in Wales.
The Welsh Government said: “In Wales there are 60,000 admissions to hospital every year, because of alcohol. Alcohol costs the NHS £159m annually. In 2018, there were 535 alcohol-related deaths in Wales.
“The new law supports the Welsh Government’s comprehensive work to tackle harmful and hazardous drinking by tackling the availability and affordability of cheap, strong alcohol, which is part of wider efforts to improve and protect the health of the population of Wales.”
The Welsh Government highlighted research which it said estimated that introducing a 50p minimum unit price (MUP) would:
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: “There is a very real and clear link between levels of excessive drinking and the availability of cheap alcohol. We believe the introduction of a minimum unit price will help reduce alcohol related harm and support people to drink responsibly. Scotland has seen a decline in the amount of alcohol that is consumed since the introduction of MUP and I hope that we will see similar results in Wales.”