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Scotland publish 2018 alcohol framework

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Scotland publish 2018 alcohol framework 25th November 2018

The 2018 framework outlines 20 key actions that seek to 'reduce consumption and minimise alcohol-related harm arising in the first place'.

The strategy has three key themes including 'reducing consumption', 'positive attitudes, positive choices' and 'supporting families and communities', and coincides with the latest figures on alcohol-related hospital admissions in Scotland of 35,499 in 2017/18.

The strategy follows on from the implementation of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) earlier this year after a long running legal challenge by sections of the alcohol industry. The Ministerial foreword says that while MUP "will contribute towards the step-change we need to see in Scotland’s levels of alcohol-related harm, we have always been clear that it was not a ‘silver bullet’".

Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, commenting on the framework said: “While minimum unit pricing will contribute towards the step-change we need to see in Scotland’s levels of alcohol-related harm, we have always been clear that it was not a ‘silver bullet’. Rather, we have a comprehensive package of measures delivered under the 2009 strategy, which I am refocusing in this updated Framework.

“We have already banned multi-buy discounts and irresponsible promotions, reduced the drink-driving limit and supported a nationwide alcohol brief interventions programme. These are positive changes which have attracted international acclaim.

“Since 2008/09, we have spent over £746 million on addressing higher-risk alcohol and problematic drug use which includes £53.8 million for this year; and we are also providing an additional £20 million each year for frontline alcohol and drugs services for the lifetime of this Parliament.

“However, the facts speak for themselves. Alcohol-specific deaths totalled 1,120 in 2017. Taken together with the 934 drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2017, that totals 2,054 lives lost as a result of these harmful consumption behaviours.”


Source: Alcohol Policy

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