Information for retailers on how to follow the minimum price for alcohol law.

It is our intention to implement the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Act 2018 on 2 March 2020 . Once this law is implemented, an alcohol retailer who sells or supplies, or authorises the sale or supply of, alcohol below the minimum price will be breaking the law and could be fined.

This law will apply to all businesses, organisations and persons required to hold a licence for alcohol. 

Printable posters, leaflets and shelf edges are available for retailers to download.

What is the minimum unit price?

We have consulted on a preferred level of 50 pence.

A minimum unit price of 50p has been been agreed by the National Assembly for Wales. It will be introduced on 2 March 2020.

You will receive further information closer to the time of implementation.

How to calculate the minimum price for an alcoholic drink

The Act includes a formula for how the applicable minimum price must be calculated.  This formula is made up of the minimum unit price (to be specified in regulations), the percentage strength of the alcohol and its volume.  

MUP (£0.5) x Strength (%) x Volume (litres) = minimum price at which it can be sold.

If the minimum price is set at 50 pence, the minimum price for a 70cl bottle of vodka  of 40% ABV strength would be: 

  • 0.5 (MUP) x 40 (Strength) x 0.7 (Volume): 0.5 X 40 X 0.7 = £14.00

The minimum price for this bottle of vodka would be £14.00. 

A minimum unit price (MUP) app is available on both Apple App Store and Android Play Store.  It can be found by searching for ‘MUP Wales Calculator’.

If you have any further queries, please contact: DeddfIaA.MUPAct@gov.wales