Scottish government is forced to consider alternatives to minimum alcohol price

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 09 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4285
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    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 …

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