Booze continues to blight Scotland’s health

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP is calling for minimum unit pricing to be raised to curb the persistent and “disturbing trend” of problem drinking in Scotland, after new statistics showed almost 100 people each day are admitted to hospital due to alcohol misuse.

In 2017/18 there were 35,499 alcohol-related hospital admissions. These admissions were made by 23,494 individuals.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

“Scotland has an enduring unhealthy relationship with alcohol and it’s alarming that there are still so many people being hospitalised.

"The value of the 50p minimum unit price, finally introduced earlier this year, was eroded by inflation in the years the policy was caught up in the courts.

"These statistics show the disturbing trend of alcohol misuse is still affecting families across the country every day. Raising the minimum unit price would give us a real opportunity to change that. The Scottish Government should set it at a price that is in line with their original ambition."

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