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Letter from Scotland

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This week Scotland found itself on the world stage as one of the pioneers of renewable energy. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was sharing the limelight with the German Chancellor, the French President and the...

Letter from Scotland

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Sometimes I regret being tee-total, but not this week. Edinburgh is hosting a world conference on alcohol policy with 500 experts from Europe, Asia and America all considering the question – how do we...

Minimum price for alcohol likely to be 50p

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The preferred minimum price for alcohol will be 50p per unit, it was announced today by The Scottish Government. Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said that, at this level, the price was equivalent to the 45p...

Alcohol campaign launched today

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A new campaign aimed at encouraging Scots to think about the health effects of regularly drinking above the recommended alcohol guidelines has been launched this week. The Scottish Government’s Alcohol Behaviour Change is this year...

Sturgeon calls for support on minimum pricing

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MSPs will today Wednesday 10 November vote on stage 3 of the Alcohol (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament.In advance of the debate, Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said:"It's no coincidence that, as alcohol has...

Minimum pricing back on the agenda

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Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has called on MSPs to do the right thing and support minimum pricing when the entire Scottish Parliament votes on the issue for the first time this week.Her appeal comes...

NHS Lothian asks questions about alcohol use

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As part of a national programme to address Scotland’s alcohol use, patients attending A&E departments in Lothian are being asked to complete a simple alcohol self assessment questionnaire.The move is part...

Guest Article by Dr Ian McKee MSP – the alcohol debate

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by Dr Ian McKee MSPScotland’s relationship with alcohol is a topic that has dominated this session of parliament. For many, it’s a controversial issue that sharply divides public opinion. In my view, the alcohol...

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