– Nicola Sturgeon, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing
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.
A minimum price per unit of alcohol will be introduced in England and Wales alongside plans to ban the sale of multi-buy discount deals, the Prime Minister has announced.