We have always been clear we want consensus on public health policies and it is very welcome to see the Coalition Government catching up with the Scottish Government and taking bold action on alcohol misuse.
In Scotland we already have in place our Alcohol Framework for Action which includes a package of over 40 measures to reduce alcohol related harm.
However, as we have been saying since 2007, no strategy is complete without tackling price.
We need to act urgently to stem the flow of cheap high-strength drink and minimum pricing is the most effective way to do this.
The government has outlined its plans to introduce minimum prices for alcohol. Will the strategy actually stop people drinking too much?
The planned 40p minimum alcohol price will unleash an almighty, blazing clash between powerful retailers and government.
The politics behind the minimum price of alcohol plans raise questions over the Government's timing