BMA backs minimum pricing in Scotland to end 'scourge of alcohol abuse'

BMA Scotland has welcomed the Scottish government's pledge to reintroduce a Bill for minimum pricing of alcohol to help address the 'scourge of alcohol abuse' in the country.

Dr Keighley: ‘It is absolutely ridiculous that alcohol is sold at prices cheaper than fizzy drinks'
Dr Keighley: ‘It is absolutely ridiculous that alcohol is sold at prices cheaper than fizzy drinks'

BMA Scotland chairman Dr Brian Keighley urged politicians to support the government’s minimum pricing bill, arguing that ‘sensible drinking begins with sensible pricing’.

Previous attempts to introduce a 45 pence per unit minimum price last year failed after the plans were blocked by opposition parties.

The SNP is now reintroducing the plans as it has a parliamentary majority following the Scottish elections.

Dr Keighley said: ‘It is absolutely ridiculous that alcohol is sold at prices cheaper than fizzy drinks.

‘If our politicians are serious about helping to change our Scottish culture of heavy drinking, then they must support the government’s minimum pricing bill.

‘Without addressing price, many of the policies we’ve introduced already will be rendered less effective. Sensible drinking begins with sensible pricing.’

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