Professor Jonathan Chick and Dr Jan Gill discuss findings from their ongoing research into drinking behaviours in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Their research supports the evidence that those drinking at the most harmful levels purchase the cheapest alcohol – particularly white cider and cheap vodka.
The owners of Tennent’s Lager have re-iterated their support for minimum pricing for alcohol. Tennent Caledonian has sent a submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee consultation on the Scottish Government’s plans to bring in minimum unit pricing. It was the first major Scottish brewer to support the proposal in January 2010 when [...]
University researchers are to carry out a three-year study into the impact of minimum alcohol pricing on Scotland’s heaviest drinkers. Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh will examine whether patients with alcohol-related illnesses buy very cheap alcohol. The Scottish government has introduced a bill to set a minimum price for a unit of alcohol in Scotland. [...]
The Scottish government will make a second bid to bring in legislation which will result in a minimum price for a unit of alcohol. The first attempt was rejected by MSPs before last May’s Holyrood election. Here, is a look at the issues surrounding the on-going debate. What is happening today? The Scottish government will [...]
Scotland’s 2005 licensing reforms were of nationwide interest because they placed it in the vanguard across the UK, notably in adding public health to licensing objectives. While staff say other elements are working well, disappointingly this key measure has so far had little impact.
The SNP Government has pressed the case for gaining control of alcohol tax revenue in the last of six demands sent to Westminster. A paper set out more details of the proposal, arguing that because Scotland already meets the costs associated with alcohol consumption, it should also receive control of the revenue benefit. The Scottish [...]
A dedicated police squad is being set up to crack down on problem pubs and clubs in Scotland’s biggest city. The officers will visit hundreds of licensed premises in Glasgow in the coming weeks and check they are following legislation. It is understood that venues that sell to under-age drinkers and drunks and premises with [...]
LARGE retailers selling cigarettes and alcohol will be hit with a new “public health levy” as part of the SNP’s budget plan. The tax, to be imposed through a business rates supplement, was announced by Finance Secretary John Swinney in a statement to the Scottish Parliament today. It follows an earlier failed attempt to set [...]
MOST voters who are opposed to the Scottish Government’s plans to impose minimum pricing for alcohol believe that the policy will fail to reduce excessive drinking and unfairly punish moderate drinkers. A report, compiled by Alcohol Research UK, found people are sceptical about the minimum pricing policy – one of Alex Salmond’s flagship policies – [...]
The gap between the drinking habits of Scots and the rest of the UK is widening, research suggests. A report by NHS Health Scotland found that last year consumption of pure alcohol was 23 per cent higher among over-16s in Scotland than those in England and Wales – up from a 21 per cent gap [...]