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Chance being missed to curb harmful drinking, says FPH

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) has expressed disappointment that the new Alcohol Bill for Scotland is unlikely to include plans for minimum pricing.

Professor Lindsey Davies, FPH President, and Dr Emilia Crighton, Convenor of FPH Scottish Conference and FPH alcohol spokesperson, said in a joint statement: "FPH welcomes the measures the new Alcohol Bill is proposing to introduce in Scotland, such as the ban on irresponsible drinks promotions in off-licences.

"However, we are very disappointed with the news that in all likelihood the new bill won't include plans for alcohol minimum pricing.

"The Scottish Parliament has a chance to be brave and introduce an effective public health measure that we know could help curb harmful drinking. Alcohol wrecks lives and communities; the time to act is now."

Earlier this year, FPH called for a 50p minimum price per unit of alcohol in its public health manifesto.

You can read the full story on the BBC news website.

Written: 10/11/2010 , last modified: 03/02/2011