Scotland to Put Restrictions on Alcohol

The Scottish government plans to introduce a minimum price on alcohol, a ban on loss-leaders and cut-price promotions.

The tough action is part of a wide-range of measures ministers want to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence and health-related problems.

On the minimum price proposal, the government document – Changing Scotlands Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action – notes: “Since the publication of our consultation paper, retailers have continued to heavily promote alcohol products on price alone.

Announcing the measures Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said the scale of Scotland’s alcohol misuse was “shocking”, which includes “42,500 alcohol-related hospital discharges; 1,500 deaths per year; soaring rates of liver cirrhosis; the eighth highest alcohol consumption in the world and a £2.25 billion annual cost in extra services and lost productivity”.

A plan to force pubs and supermarkets to pay a ‘Social Responsibility Fee’ is also included – similar to the much maligned alcohol disorder zones in England.

Comments

  1. liammckenna says

    Yah. Like that plan will work. The neo-prohibitionists are on the rise again.

    Hey. Here’s an idea. Why don’t you fix the endemic problems in your society (unemployment, depression/mental illness, health issues related to diet and sedentary lifestyles, poor education of young people regarding alcohol, alcohol smuggling due to excessive domestic taxation, etc) and see if that makes a difference. I have never paid more for a Scotch than I have in Scotland.

    Pax.

    (from a proud Scotsman – born in Port Glasgow – one of the most depressed areas of Britain)

    Liam

  2. fatty_matty says

    liammckenna wrote: Yah. Like that plan will work. The neo-prohibitionists are on the rise again.

    Hey. Here’s an idea. Why don’t you fix the endemic problems in your society (unemployment, depression/mental illness, health issues related to diet and sedentary lifestyles, poor education of young people regarding alcohol, alcohol smuggling due to excessive domestic taxation, etc) and see if that makes a difference. I have never paid more for a Scotch than I have in Scotland.

    Pax.

    (from a proud Scotsman – born in Port Glasgow – one of the most depressed areas of Britain)

    Liam

    Couldn’t agree more Liam. I live and work in Glasgow, the whole idea is a quick fix joke.