Support for new law to tackle Scotland’s booze culture

New MSP Fiona McLeod outside Kirkintilloch Herald office 12.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
New MSP Fiona McLeod outside Kirkintilloch Herald office 12.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

PROPOSALS to set a minimum price for alcohol are vital, according to Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod.

The Scottish Government wants to set a minimum price for a unit of alcohol in an effort to reduce

drink-related problems.

SNP MSP Fiona McLeod has welcomed the move.

She said: “Cirrhosis of the liver, caused by alcohol consumption, is going up and up. Scots are literally

drinking themselves to death, and this has to stop.”

The Scottish Government claims the minimum pricing move would have many benefits, including reducing the

number of deaths and violent crime.

In particular, it would put up the cost of cheap supermarket ciders, lagers and spirits.

A minimum price per unit of alcohol in the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) Bill is still to be decided.

Read more on this story in the Kirkintilloch Herald - out next week.