Cole-Hamilton: Increase alcohol minimum unit price to 60p

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today urged the Scottish Government to increase the minimum unit price for alcohol to 60p after new statistics showed the damage caused by alcohol to people’s health.

The ISD Scotland figures show:

  • Almost 100 alcohol-related hospital admissions per day during 2017/18.
  • The 2017/18 stay rate in general acute hospitals for alcohol liver disease (139.8 stays per 100,000 population) was unchanged and on a par with the highest recorded level since 1997/98.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have set out a comprehensive 10 point plan to tackle drug and alcohol misuse, which would see the minimum unit price of alcohol raised and secure protections for the budgets of alcohol and drug partnerships.

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“Scotland’s relationship with alcohol is shameful.

“With tens of thousands of people being hospitalised, health professionals are run off their feet. Depleted local facilities are still in recovery from the Scottish Government’s brutal cuts to alcohol and drug partnerships.

“We’ve set out a clear, practical plan of how to turn this around, including protecting partnership budgets and increasing the minimum unit price. The Health Secretary must act now, before it’s too late for many more.”

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