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Scotland is trying to stop its alcoholics from drinking so much

Some of Scotland’s cheapest drinks, with the highest alcohol content, will more than double in price.

Scotland recently became one of the first countries in the world to introduce a minimum price for alcohol in an effort to economically pressure people to stop drinking. Skeptics, however, believe the cost disproportionately affects the poor.

Under the new pricing regulation, some of Scotland's cheapest drinks, with the highest alcohol content — popular in deprived areas — will more than double in price. Frosty Jack, for example, a white cider with a high alcohol content, will cost $15.00, up from $5.20.

The theory goes that these drinks fuel alcoholism in struggling communities. Last year, the country saw over 1,200 drinking-related deaths, which costs the country $4.8 billon annually. But the risk and resources haven't convinced some about the policy's validity.

"They're suggesting that some of them will significantly cut down their rate of consumption, and I think that's just a basic simplistic fallacy," British think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs' Christopher Snowden said.

VICE News spent a Friday night with paramedics in Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city, and spoke to those who believe the policy will help Scotland's issue with alcohol as well as those who aren't so sure.

This segment originally aired May 1, 2018 on VICE News Tonight on HBO.