Festive spirit should not be dampened by binge drinking

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has urged authorities to enforce the law to curb anti-social behaviour caused by binge-drinking over the festive period. This comes after a parliamentary question submitted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats has revealed that, since 2009, only five people have been fined for selling alcohol to a person who is drunk.

Under Section 113 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 it is a criminal offence for any responsible person to sell alcohol to a drunk person. Those found guilty are liable to a fine.

Commenting on the figures, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

“Our festive spirits shouldn’t be dampened by the anti-social behaviour caused by binge-drinking. Not selling alcohol to people who are already drunk isn't just common sense, it's the law. These figures seem completely out of touch with reality.

“We know that Scotland has a deep-seated unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Binge-drinking wreaks havoc in our towns and city centres. This is particularly true at the weekend, when anti-social behaviour rockets and police and health services are left to pick up the pieces.

“Alcohol misuse costs Scotland an eye-watering £3.6 billion per year. Liberal Democrats are pleased to have supported a ban on multi-buy deals and minimum pricing, which will have a significant impact on the scourge of alcohol misuse in our communities. However if we are serious about tackling alcohol misuse, we need to use all tools at our disposal and the law must be enforced.

“People should be able to go out in our town centres and enjoy themselves over the festive period without having to worry about alcohol related anti-social behaviour.”