"Given the clear and proven link between consumption and harm, minimum unit pricing is the most effective and efficient way to tackle the cheap, high strength alcohol that causes so much damage to so many families".
The legislation was passed by the Scottish Government six years ago, but a bitter dispute with the Scotch Whisky Association in particular saw the policy challenged in the courts which ruled in the Scottish Government's favour in late 2017.
The law stipulates that a standard 700 ml 40 percent bottle of whisky cannot be sold for less than £14 ($19.12, about 1,200 rubles), a 750 ml 13 percent bottle of wine - for less than 4.88 pounds ($6.66, about 421 rubles) and two liters of 5 percent cider can only be sold for a minimum of 5 pounds ($6.83, about 431 rubles).
Ministers have called the new law a significant step in tackling Scotland's "unhealthy relationship" with alcohol.
We agree with the Scottish Government that there needs to be an objective, independent and robust assessment of the impact of minimum unit pricing.
Having achieved a unanimous ruling in the Supreme Court, the Scottish government agreed in February this year that the minimum price on a unit of alcohol would be 50 pence.
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"Minimum unit pricing will save lives, cut crime and benefit the public finances".
Speaking to the Telegraph, Christopher Snowdon, the director of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, commented: "I would say that Scots will be hopping across the border to buy alcohol that is, in some cases, less than half price".
It's estimated a 5 year delay in introducing it in England would see the North East see 75 additional lives lost, 11,000 alcohol related crimes and 4,600 hospital admissions which otherwise could have been avoided, costing the region nearly £66m.
Health campaigners argue when the price of alcohol goes down, consumption of alcohol goes up.
In Scotland, the floor price will be set at 50p per unit.
By targeting cheap alcohol, she said minimum pricing would discourage youngsters from drinking by making it less affordable. This is their folly and they will have to live with the consequences.
He said: We think there is enough evidence for the Government to bring it in in England, it's being brought in in Wales, we know that the plan's afoot in Northern Ireland and it's already happening as we know in Scotland, so England looks like an outlier.