Scotland urged to introduce minimum alcohol pricing

Proposals to introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol are included in a bill being debated in the Scottish parliament on Thursday.

Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said members of the Scottish parliament (MSPs) should set aside party politics and 'do the right thing' and support the introduction of a minimum price.

‘There is a large and growing body of support for minimum pricing,' she said.

'I hope MSPs will now do the right thing and back this evidence based policy that already has the support of doctors, nurses, the police and growing numbers of the general population.'

She added: 'We cannot simply sit back and do nothing. That will not reduce the horrific toll - both in financial and human terms - which alcohol takes on our nation.'

The Welsh Assembly Government has said it would go ahead with plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing.

NICE has recommended that a minimum price per unit of alcohol should be introduced in order to curb dangerous drinking habits.

Editor's blog: Douze points from Norway to minimum alcohol pricing

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus