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Scotland's drinking laws set for reform to stem alcohol problems

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7413.467 (Published 28 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:467
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    Scotland's drinking laws should be reformed, says a new report, which recommends the abolition of fixed opening hours, a crackdown on cheap drink promotions, and moves to make pubs more child friendly.


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    Drinkers enjoy reduced price drinks during “happy hour” in a Glasgow pub

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    The recommendations of the review team, led by Sheriff Principal Gordon Nicholson, follow concern about increasing health problems that are related to alcohol. Binge drinking, which is being encouraged by cheap drink promotions, is highlighted as a particular problem in the report. …

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