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Strong arm tactics from industry will not undermine consensus on minimum pricing

April 24, 2013 9:12 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on a study published by the Public Library of Science whichJim HumeJim Hume accussed key players in the alcohol industry of misleading a Scottish Government consultation over minimum pricing laws, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"A strong arm and dirty tricks approach to minimum alcohol pricing from the powerful alcohol lobby will not undermine the consensus against this necessary policy in Scotland. What the evidence does clearly show is that there are around 1000 alcohol-related deaths each year.

"With excessive alcohol consumption costing Scotland around £3.56 billion each year, minimum pricing is a necessary tool in tackling the scourge of alcohol abuse in our communities."