Scottish government is forced to consider alternatives to minimum alcohol priceBMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4285 (Published 09 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4285
- Oona Mashta
The Scottish government will have to consider alternatives to its proposed minimum price on a unit of alcohol after an all party summit failed to reach agreement on proposed alcohol legislation earlier this week.
The Scottish government is proposing a minimum price on a unit of alcohol as the most effective way to tackle the country’s problem drinking, but the opposition parties, who together have a majority, are opposed to it.
At the meeting at Holyrood the health secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, suggested a compromise to the proposed Alcohol Bill by offering to insert a “sunset clause” into the legislation. This would allow minimum pricing …