MSP Calls For New Focus on Binge Drinking

A politician has called for a “new focus” on finding a solution to Scotland’s binge drinking problems after plans for blanket minimum pricing were rejected at Holyrood. Among those who had opposed the controversial proposal was Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser, who said the ‘indiscriminate’ approach would hit responsible drinkers. Mr Fraser insists there are a raft of alternative measures that would be far more effective. “Alongside banning low-cost sales, the most effective method would be to target problem drinks with extra tax and duty on a UK wide basis… This avoids responsible drinkers being penalised, would be more effective at reducing consumption, stop any notion of ‘booze cruises’ to Carlisle or Berwick and mean that any extra revenue goes to the taxpayer.

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