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BMA Scotland calls for an end to the 'ridiculous' pricing of alcohol

By Ashleigh Goff

BMA Scotland is asking for a minimum price on alcohol after results from the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) were released. The survey reveals that 52% of 13 year olds and 82% of 15 year olds have had at least one alcoholic drink and that shops and off-licences were the second most common source for purchasing alcohol.Dr Peter Terry, Chairman of BMA Scotland said: ‘Evidence shows that there is a direct relationship between the price of alcohol and the amount consumed.‘When alcohol is cheaper than bottled water, we have to worry about what message we are sending our children.'Dr Terry also provided an alarming statistic: ‘One death every six hours in Scotland is caused by alcohol,' he added.A similar request for a minimal price on alcohol was made by the BMA in England, but was rejected by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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