Booze pric­ing back­ing

Group’s sup­port

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea O’Neill

An al­co­hol sup­port ser­vice has backed the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s new min­i­mum unit pric­ing mea­sure to tackle the na­tion’s booze prob­lem.

South La­nark­shire Al­co­hol and Drug Part­ner­ship (ADP) say the move – 50p min­i­mum per unit of al­co­hol – could mark a turn­ing point in the re­gion’s un­healthy re­la­tion­ship with the bot­tle.

Chair Liam Pur­die said: “Tack­ling al­co­hol and drug mis­use is an ab­so­lute pri­or­ity of the South La­nark­shire ADP. To do this we need to work col­lec­tively to­wards re­duc­ing and pre­vent­ing harm.

“We be­lieve min­i­mum unit pric­ing (MUP) is a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment to re­duce al­co­hol re­lated harm as all the avail­able ev­i­dence points to MUP de­liv­er­ing sig­nif­i­cant health and so­cial ben­e­fits as it is an­tic­i­pated that re­duced con­sump­tion will lead to re­duced al­co­hol-re­lated harm.

“Al­co­hol mis­use has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the health and well­be­ing of our pop­u­la­tion, es­pe­cially those liv­ing in our most de­prived com­mu­ni­ties, where the al­co­hol-re­lated death rate in the most de­prived 20 per cent of our pop­u­la­tion is five times that of the least de­prived 20 per cent.”

The law change will help com­ple­ment the work of the ADP which has a range of ser­vices pro­vid­ing sup­port for those who want help, af­fected fam­i­lies and car­ers and chil­dren and young peo­ple af­fected by their own mis­use or parental mis­use.

Mr Pur­die added: “A ma­jor fo­cus of all this work is to pro­mote pre­ven­tion to help re­duce the level of al­co­hol­re­lated harm at a com­mu­nity level.”

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