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THE Scottish government's plan to introduce a legal minimum price for alcohol suffered another setback yesterday.

The Office of Fair Trading hit out at the plan, warning it would be bad for consumers.

The competition watchdog also said it would add to the profits of drinks companies - an odd outcome for a crackdown on booze.

Critics have already pointed out the proposed minimum price of 40p per unit would not affect "problem" drinks such as alcopops which already sell for more.

And in places like Carlisle they are preparing to welcome cross-border booze cruisers with open arms.

The Nats are right to tackle Scotland's unhealthy relationship with the bottle.

But they have still to make a convincing case that minimum pricing could work.
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