Church of Scotland backs alcohol price-cut restrictions

By staff writers
December 11, 2009

Over the next few months the Church of Scotland will urge members of congregations to write to alcohol producers and their MSPs in support of the minimum pricing proposals contained in the Alcohol Bill.

Alcohol is more readily available in Scotland today than ever before, says the Kirk, and along with secular campaigners it argues that "we see the consequences of excessive drinking in our hospitals, our police stations and our workplaces."

The Church, which is Prebyterian in tradition, has been calling on the Government to reduce alcohol consumption through pricing mechanisms since 1983 - with that call reiterated most recently in 2009.

On 25 November 2009, the Scottish Government introduced the Alcohol Bill which includes proposals for a minimum price per unit of alcohol.

While the Kirk says it would not take a view on the detail of the proposals, it wants both producers and all political parties to use this opportunity within the political process to support the introduction of pricing mechanisms to improve the health of the nation.

The Rev Ian Galloway, Convener of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland, commented: “We believe that it is right to act sacrificially for the health of others. We are willing to pay more for alcoholic drinks if means that the nation gets healthier”.

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