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Young people to help tackle alcohol misuse in Scotland

Published:  03 September, 2008

Young people will help tackle Scotland's billion pound alcohol misuse problem with the launch of a Youth Commission on Alcohol.

Young people will help tackle Scotland's billion pound alcohol misuse problem with the launch of a Youth Commission on Alcohol.

Looking at how to tackle alcohol related problems, at the Scottish government's Summit on Underage Drinking, Public Health Minister Shona Robison said the group would let young people give direct feedback to ministers.

Robison said: "We recognise that alcohol misuse is a societal issue in Scotland and by no means restricted to young people. But drinking habits are formed early, so it's vital we hear what young people think should be done if we are to bring about the cultural shift needed to re-balance Scotland's relationship with alcohol."

She added that the Scottish government was putting forward radical plans to tackle the £2.2 billion alcohol misuse problem, such as ending irresponsible promotions as well as raising the off-sales alcohol purchase age to 21.

The plan to increase the age of purchase has drawn a lot of criticism, with many arguing this would criminalise 18-21 year olds as well as being both unworkable and unfair.

However, Robison said over-21 off-sales purchasing pilots in Armadale, West Lothian and Cupar, Fife saw calls to police about alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour fall by up to 60%.

Robison added that young people were at greater risk of being the victims of alcohol-related violence than older people and said that such projects, as well as a nationwide rollout of test purchasing to clamp down on rogue retailers who sell alcohol to children, were showing positive signs.

Earlier this week, Diageo slammed the Scottish Government's plans to combat alcohol misuse and called for a system of "co-regulation", where the industry works alongside the Government to regulate alcohol comsumption.

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