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Minimum pricing findings

15/12/2011

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon today responded to new research highlighting the impact of minimum pricing in Canada.

Ms Sturgeon said:

"I welcome these findings from Professor Stockwell which provide us with the first concrete evidence that minimum pricing does impact on alcohol consumption.

"The study found a 10 per cent increase in the minimum price of all alcoholic drinks led to a 3.4 per cent reduction in consumption. Not only that it confirms what we have been saying all along that the measure has more of an effect on heavy drinkers as they tend to favour cheaper alcohol.

"This reinforces the Scottish Government's position that the Minimum Pricing Bill is the most effective measure we can introduce to reduce alcohol consumption and tackle Scotland's unhealthy relationship with drink.

"The support in favour of minimum pricing is now overwhelming. Yesterday Tennent's re-affirmed their support for the introduction of the policy and today a group of leading doctors and academics have given their support to our plans to introduce minimum pricing and have called on the UK Government to do the same.

"I hope that this time around Scotland's MSPs will do the right thing and back this policy that has the support of doctors, nurses, the police and growing numbers of the general population."