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Alcohol costs back up need for minimum pricing

The Scottish National Party’s Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, has expressed her concerns at new figures showing the costs of the damage done by alcohol in Perth & Kinross.

Speaking today (Thursday) Ms Cunningham said:

"The figures for Perth and Kinross might be one of the lowest in the country, but at £284 pounds per head of population it is still way too high."

"The Scottish Government have been trying to introduce legislation, supported by the medical profession as well as wider civic society, to curb the impact that alcohol is having on Scottish society.

"It is  deeply disappointing that the Labour Party chose to ignore significant expert advice and have not supported the Government's proposals. Minimum pricing could make a dramatic impact on this problem and could also be a blessing to the licensed trade.

"Minimum pricing alone may not be a silver bullet but I cannot understand why our opponents are being so obstructive on this issue when the figures show what a colossal cost alcohol is to each and every person in Scotland"

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NOTE: Alcohol Focus Scotland have produced, for the first time, a Scotland-wide regional breakdown which reveals the areas in Scotland which are hit worst by the costs of Alcohol-related harm.

The total figures given include the financial impact on the health service in the local authority area, the cost of crime, providing social care and also the loss of productive capacity caused by drink.

The research was conducted using the same methods as a Scottish Government study in 2010, which stated the overall cost of alcohol misuse across the country was £3.6 billion per year. The figures which have been produced exclude the hard to calculate wider social costs. 

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design