Scottish MPs urged to put health first in alcohol debate

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 12 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c894
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

    More effective national and international action is needed to reduce the harm caused by alcohol, which is now responsible for as many deaths a year as HIV and AIDS, says a group of international specialists.

    They have intervened in the debate on introducing minimum pricing of alcohol in Scotland by writing an open letter to every member of the Scottish parliament urging them to act in the interests of health.

    The proposed legislation, which would make Scotland the first country in northern Europe to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol, has failed to win cross party support in the Scottish …

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