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Working constuctively to cure Scotland's alcohol addiction

November 1, 2011 3:08 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

The Scottish Government have announced that it is to reintroduce legislation on minimum unit alcohol pricing to help tackle Scotland's addiction to alcohol.

Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSPScottish Liberal Democrats recently voted to support minimum alcohol pricing as party policy, and Health spokesperson Alison McInnes has signalled her intention to work constuctively with the Scottish Government to ensure the policy makes a difference.

Commenting, Mrs McInnes said:

"Alcohol abuse has a devastating impact on the lives of individuals and families across Scotland.

"It is a blight on our society and that is why I wish to work constructively with Ministers to make forthcoming minimum pricing legislation the most effective it can be. We need to examine all possible action to change Scotland's relationship with alcohol.

"The introduction of minimum pricing is by no means the silver bullet, eradicating in one quick stroke the problem of alcohol abuse in Scotland. We must look to tackle the root causes of the problem which are extremely complex. Supermarkets and other retailers also have an important part to play, putting societal responsibility before competitive advantage.

"However, I believe that minimum pricing is a positive and confident step towards changing the culture of excessive drinking in Scotland."