Saturday, 12 September 2009

SNP curb on drink prices is condemned in America

THE Scottish Government's flagship proposal to tackle the nation's alcohol problem has been attacked by US drinks companies who have urged ministers to abandon their minimum pricing policy.

." The SNP plans to introduce minimum pricing to try to stop high-strength drink being sold at "pocket money" prices. The plans would see a minimum price per unit of alcohol, of around 40p in off-licences, shops and supermarkets.Ministers hope the change will drive up the price of the cheapest vodkas and ciders, but leave
most beers, wines and spirits unaffected.
"Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon defended the government's plans, arguing that the severity of Scotland's drink problem meant that radical action had to be taken.She said that one in 20 Scots died of alcohol-related causes and pointed out that 42,000 hospital admissions a year were due to alcohol misuse.
"It would be totally irresponsible of government to ignore the evidence that minimum pricing can be an extremely powerful tool to help tackle this," Miss Sturgeon said "and anyway what the fuck has it got to do with them how we treat alcoholism in this country.


Rab C. Nesbitt said...

I love your blog, it's fucking magic big man!

Always cheers me up after a hard shift shouting and hitting my staff.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Thanks Rab, the feeling is mutual. Your's is one I always look at as well.

fishy pants said...

Nicola Sturgeon. What a fuckin RIDE !

Dark Lochnagar said...

Fishy, people have expressed the same opinion before, I just don't see it however. The brunette in charge of schools whose name escapes me at this late hour looks a right dirty bitch!