Tuesday, 25 October 2016 20:27

COURT of Session ruling will help tackle alchohol misuse

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The Scottish Government intends to implement minimum unit pricing “as soon as possible” after the Court of Session’s ruling in support of the policy, Health Secretary Shona Robison confirmed today – as new statistics show that the rate of alcohol-related admissions to hospital remains over four times higher than it was in the early 1980s.

Shona Robison stated that a “wealth of international evidence” showed that minimum unit pricing had a public health benefit and that the move would be “lifesaving”.

Ms Robison was speaking in response to a Topical Question by SNP MSP James Dornan, who asked about the health benefits of the policy.

Commenting, Mr Dornan said:

“The Scottish Government has a comprehensive and wide ranging strategy to tackle the harm caused by alcohol misuse, of which minimum unit pricing is just 1 of 41 measures.

“We know from international evidence that this policy works – and today’s statistics show that effective action on alcohol misuse is crucial.

“We hope that the Scottish Whisky Association will accept the Court of Session’s judgement and allow us to get on with implementing the will of the Scottish Parliament.”