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S5W-16536: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is the 2018 Global Drug Survey, which found that Scotland had the highest proportion of respondents who sought emergency medical care after a drinking session.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 22 May 2018

The recent implementation of the Scottish Government’s world-leading minimum unit pricing for alcohol will go a long way to tackle the high strength, low cost alcohol that causes so much damage to individuals, families and communities. Minimum unit pricing is a key measure in the Scottish Government’s alcohol strategy, Changing Scotland's Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action which is well regarded internationally. Other measures in the Framework include a 2.6 per cent reduction in consumption due to the multi-buy discount ban; increased delivery of Alcohol Brief Interventions; legislation to ban irresponsible promotions; and the introduction of a lower drink drive limit.

The Scottish Government has invested over £746 million to tackle problem substance use since 2008 with the vast majority directly supporting local prevention, treatment and recovery services. In addition, a further £60 million is being provided for alcohol and drug treatment over the remaining lifetime of this Parliament to transform services and ensure they are focused on the patient, rather than the addiction.

We are in the process of refreshing our Framework and will consider what further action to take to reduce alcohol-related harm. Our forthcoming refreshed alcohol and drug treatment strategy will ensure that treatment and support services better meet the needs of those who are most at risk as a result of their substance use.