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Minimum Unit Pricing Decision Statement

Reacting to the UK Supreme Court's decision on minimum unit pricing today, acting director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, Will Linden, said:  "This is a historic moment for Scotland. As a country we are taking real steps towards addressing the devastating damage drink has done to our health and communities. Far too often it is access to cheap high proof alcohol which fuels violence on our streets and in our homes. Targeting the lowest price alcohol will help tackle many of the challenges we face. However MUP is just the starting point. We must also address the availability and over-provision of alcohol, while Scots of all ages need to have an honest conversation about the impact that alcohol has on our health, behaviour and pocket. The time has also come to consider stopping those who have committed alcohol-fuelled offences from drinking with the aid of appropriate court imposed conditions and support."

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