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People can discuss alcohol issues

People across Cumbria will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns they have about alcohol, during a live webchat.

The chat is part of alcohol awareness week and offers people the chance to discuss issues such as the effect alcohol has, and drink driving laws.

The chat will take place between 10am and 12pm, with representatives from NHS Cumbria and Cumbria Police responding to questions.

People can join in by visiting the Cumbria Police website.

The complete webchat will be posted online afterwards.

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Minimum pricing vote - Holyrood

MSPs will vote today on the Scottish Government's plans to bring in a mininum price for alcohol.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon wants to set a price of 50p per unit.

Ms Sturgeon said

"Too many Scots are drinking themselves to death. The problem affects people of all walks of life".

– Nicola Sturgeon MSP

It is estimated that the country's alcohol problems cost £3.56billon each year MSPs voted to back the general principles of the bill at its first stage in March.

But the Labour party abstained saying minimum pricing will punish those who are less well off.

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Alcohol pricing debate

The first stage of Scotland's alcohol Bill will be debated in Holyrood today.

Part of the bill is the proposal for minimum pricing for alcohol, something that has split opinion in the parliament.

Yesterday, Labour called for a ban on alcohol advertising in public places.

The restriction was one of 14 measures outlined by the party in response to legislation already backed by the Scottish Parliament.

Labour wants to secure support from other parties for its draft Bill, formally launched at Holyrood yesterday.

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