Chris Snowdon is quoted in the Daily Telegraph

Scottish "booze cruises" have been predicted as experts say new minimum pricing are likely to lead to people taking trips into England for cheaper alcohol. Experts said the trips were a likely consequence of a Supreme Court ruling that new price rules passed by the Scottish Parliament five years ago could become law.  Off-licences just south ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Chris Snowdon is quoted in City AM

The Scottish government has said it will set minimum alcohol prices "as quickly as possible" after the UK's Supreme Court ruled in its favour. The measure, passed by the Scottish parliament in 2012, was appealed by the Scotch Whisky Association and others. But this morning's ruling decided that the policy, in which a price will ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon is quoted in the Daily Mail

The price of beer, wine and spirits is set to soar in Scotland as it becomes the first country in the world to impose a minimum price for alcohol. The Supreme Court in Scotland today backed the controversial measure in what ministers in Edinburgh hailed as an 'historic and far-reaching judgment'. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has mounted a ... Continue reading

The IEA is quoted in the Times

A minimum price for alcohol should be set in England, charities and MPs have demanded after Scotland won a legal battle over implementing the policy. Health experts said that a minimum price of 50p per unit could save 500 lives a year and prevent 35,000 crimes in England. Ministers in Scotland could set a floor ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon writes for Spectator Health

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for Spectator Health following the ruling on minimum pricing of alcohol. In his article Chris argues that for the people of Scotland minimum pricing offers nothing but a higher cost of living. It is a myth that the policy will only ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon appears on BBC Radio Kent

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio Kent to discuss minimum alcohol pricing, ahead of the Supreme Court's ruling. In the interview Chris argues that minimum alcohol pricing will make a very significant difference. It is going to put the prices up of most drinks ... Continue reading

IEA reacts to Supreme Court ruling on minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland

Commenting on the Supreme Court's decision to back Scottish minimum alcohol pricing, Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: "The Supreme Court's decision today is disappointing, but we should be thankful that the legal action has delayed the implementation of this pernicious policy by five years, thereby saving Scottish ... Continue reading
It’s easy to dismiss ‘nanny state’ regulation as a minor nuisance but the underlying paternalism of those who wish to regulate our lifestyles raises fundamental questions about the limits of government intervention. It is an issue about which social liberals and market liberals should be united in opposition. Economists take it as a given that ... Continue reading

New book from the IEA is a comprehensive challenge to paternalism

If you would like a copy of 'Killjoys' please donate £10 to the IEA here and a copy will be sent to you. *Offer ends 18th December 2017. Delivery to the UK and Ireland only.* Summary:  Eating sugary food, drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes are legal activities. But politicians still use the law to discourage them. ... Continue reading