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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02507: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the action that it is taking to tackle underage binge drinking.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 23 September 2016

The Scottish Government has taken forward a range of actions through Changing Scotland's Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action. This includes improved substance misuse education in schools through Curriculum for Excellence and improved identification of, and support for, children affected by parental substance misuse. Also, support for diversionary activities for young people and guidance for parents and carers about young people and alcohol.

In addition the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010 imposed a mandatory condition onto licences to have an age verification policy (Challenge 25) to make it harder for under-age drinkers to gain access to alcohol and the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 will make it an offence to give alcohol to children or young people in a public place helping the Police to address the scourge of drinking dens.