I have realised that there are people on my friendslist who do not think that a minimum price on alcohol is a good idea. This comes as quite a surprise to me. If you fall into this category, please read the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh's statement on the minimum price of alcohol
, which gives a good solid summary from a reputable source.
"The RCPE strongly welcomes the publication of the
Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill and the measures contained within. We believe that this Bill represents a commitment from the Scottish Government to tackle alcohol abuse in a meaningful way, which recognises the irrefutable causal link between the price of alcohol, the level of consumption and alcohol-related harm. Significantly, the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill recognises that alcohol abuse requires to be tackled at a population level via a comprehensive package of measures that are targeted both at problem drinkers and at the wider populace (in which the level of consumption has risen significantly and worryingly in recent years)."
You don't get a bunch of doctors using a word like "irrefutable" and issuing it in a press statement unless the evidence actually IS irrefutable.
..."It is recognised that the adoption of minimum pricing as a policy measure per se is relatively untested, and that only limited research has been published on minimum pricing to date. However, when this emerging evidence is considered along with the mass of scientific evidence in relation to consumption and cost, studies on the effects of other forms of price increases and a number of national and international reviews, minimum price has emerged as the policy measure most likely to reduce alcohol-related harm. This explains why after reviewing the evidence, the World Health Organisation, a range of leading international alcohol scientists, the House of Commons Health Committee, the Scottish and UK Medical Royal Colleges, the Chief Medical Officers of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Directors of Public Health of every NHS Board in Scotland and the National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in England have all concluded that statutory minimum pricing should be implemented to reduce the increase in alcohol-related harm.
If anyone's still not convinced (about the scientific evidence), please see a doctor and talk to them about it, because you appear to have a severe case of denial.
Put it this way, I would be voting for the TORIES if they promised to introduce this bill. As it is, it's the SNP, who have a few other policies that seem sensible (about the same number as the Lib Dems and Labour, IMO). Second vote is still Green :)
ETA: to put this in context, the minimum price being suggested is currently 40p. This would make 500ml of ale £1.20, a bottle of port £6 and a bottle of whisky £12 - sound reasonable to everyone? On the low side, Tesco is currently offering 40x440ml cans of Stella Artois for £25 (and that was just the first thing I checked). At 40p per unit that would go up to £36 at least.
And Tesco Value Vodka would go up from £8.83 to £12 - that £10 mark is a psychologically significant barrier, also.