There might not have been anywhere for expectant Mary and her husband Joseph two thousand years ago, but a minister in Lanark, Scotland, says there is plenty of room at the inn this Christmas. At least, at the one to which he is going.
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.
Churches have urged the Welsh Assembly to follow Scotland’s example, and introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol. The Scottish government announced plans on Monday to clamp down on low price alcohol sales.
The British Methodist Church has welcomed calls from MPs to set minimum prices on alcoholic drinks. A report from the Home Affairs Select Committee ‘Policing in the 21st Century’ published today, highlighted the serious problems of alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
As Britain gets into gear for the new year after an extended holiday season which often includes an excess of food and drink, a church known for its temperance stance has called on the government to rethink alcohol licensing laws.
More and more people are switching to alcohol free drinks such alcohol free bear and alcohol free wine. Despite growing levels of alcohol consumption it is also a growing trend to choose alcohol free drinks. There are also more and more places to buy alcohol free drinks online such as the alcohol free shop.