Scotland in process of introducing 50p minimum price
There is strong international evidence that tackling price can help reduce alcohol consumption and related harm. Minimum unit pricing is an effective policy because it targets the drinkers causing the most harm to themselves and society, whilst having very little effect on moderate drinkers.
The introduction of minimum pricing in Scotland has been delayed until the conclusion of legal proceedings brought by the alcohol industry.
Find out more about minimum pricing
How alcohol affects people around the drinker
New research, Unrecognised and under-reported, examines how alcohol impacts on people around the drinker causing stress, distress and disharmony to family members, friends, colleagues and the wider community.
- 1 in 2 people report being harmed as a result of someone else's drinking
- 1 in 3 people report having heavy drinkers in their lives
- Younger people under 35 are four times more likely to report harm from other in public places, such as on the street or in the workplace
- Those who know heavy drinkers are more likely to report harm from others in private settings such as at home, or with neighbours or friends.
Support is available
Regularly drinking too much can lead to illness, accidents, tensions with family and friends, as well as storing up health problems for the future.
If you're concerned about your own or someone else's drinking, contact your local alcohol support agency
To speak to someone now, call Drinkline free on 0800 7 314 314 (available 8am-11pm, 7 days a week).
New licensing policy statements
The policy statement must seek to promote the 5 licensing objectives:
- preventing crime and disorder
- securing public safety
- preventing public nuisance
- protecting and improving public health
- protecting children from harm
A factsheet on preparing a licensing policy statement is part of our Licensing Toolkit
Personal Licence Holder training
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Alcohol and health
Alcohol is a leading cause of ill-health, injury and preventable death.
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Alcohol treatment and support services across Scotland.
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