The  Scottish Government has temporarily shelved plans, as detailed in this article in Scotland on Sunday, for minimum pricing of alcohol. What do you think about this issue?

This article discusses additional taxation for super-strength alcohol products. Could it work?

I like a good debate so feel free to leave a comment on what you think about this issue.

*UPDATE* new article realting to a Canadian study viewable here

This post has been edited from its original form,  22.10.2012

2 Responses to “Alcohol”

  1. 1 Brian McClory October 17, 2012 at 16:16

    I agree with a lot of what you say Ciara and I would add that as a reasonably responsible drinker I feel it would be unfair to pay any more for my occasional tipple on cheap plonk.
    However, having spent holidays in Norway where the price of drink is seriously prohibitive, I have walked through city centres on Saturday nights when thousands of people were out socialising on a Saturday night and none of them were drunk and obnoxious. It is very different here!
    This puts me in the undecided category on this one.


  2. 2 Ian Jeffries October 22, 2012 at 12:07

    Hi Ciara,

    I would advocate the use of minimum pricing. I don’t think anyone really believes that this will get rid of all alcohol related problems but research has shown it can have some impact. Anecdotally I have noticed that finances does have an impact upon harmful consumption of alcohol with service users, with many stopping or reducing alcohol due to cuts in benefits. That said I have also noted that many people can no longer afford to eat which negates any potential health benefit.

    Interesting debate topic.


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