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RCP President urges MSPs to support the principle of minimum pricing

In advance of his lecture later this afternoon to the Aberdeen Medical Chirological Society, entitled Alcohol - a plague of epidemic proportions in Scotland and beyond, and in response to the ongoing debate within the Scottish parliament about minimum pricing, Professor Ian Gilmore, President of the Royal College of Physicians of London issued the following statement:

"There is now compelling scientific evidence that clearly shows the strong link between alcohol consumption, pricing and harm. The sensible and effective policy measures set out the Scottish Government's alcohol strategy, in particular minimum pricing, reflect this and show how it could be an international leader in efforts to protect public health. Politicians cannot continue to ignore the weight of this evidence and stand by while the damage caused by cheap alcohol affects our children, our relationships, our jobs and our communities. Failure to take action now will result in ongoing damage to children and families and more lives lost.

"The members of the Scottish Parliament have a duty to support the measures in the Alcohol Bill for the health and safety of their constituents. Alcohol misuse is no less a problem for England and Wales than it is for Scotland and the UK Government needs to take urgent action to do the same. We sincerely hope that minimum price legislation will be introduced in the remainder of the UK soon."

Notes to editors

As well as being President of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Gilmore is also Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK.

A copy of the AHA Briefing, On Minimum Pricing for Alcohol can be downloaded here
The Aberdeen Medical-Chirological Society was founded in 1789 as the Aberdeen Medical Society by students unhappy with the quality of their teaching. It has gradually evolved into a society for consultants and general practice principals, though is now actively seeking to become relevant to other career grade doctors, and doctors in training.
For further information please contact Frank Soodeen on 0203 075 1468 or through frank.soodeen@rcplondon.ac.uk

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