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Tennent’s Backs Minimum Alcohol Pricing

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Tennent’s lager has backed plans by the Scottish government to enforce a minimum price on alcohol.

Mike Lees, managing director of Tennent Caledonian, said that the move would help to tackle Scotland’s problem with alcohol.

“In particular, there is an issue with a small group of consumers who purchase cheap alcohol in bulk, drink excessively at home and then go out into pubs and clubs and get into difficulties,” Mr Lees explained.

He went on to say that the company would support the proposals so long as they were fair and proportionate and suggested that high-strength alcoholic beverages should be the main focus.

Back in November 2009, Dr Emilia Crighton, the convener of the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland, told the BBC that there was an “overwhelming case” that cheap alcohol was damaging the health of Scotland.

She went on to say that, if a 60p minimum price per unit was introduced, 866 alcohol- related deaths could be prevented each year in the country.

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Wednesday, November 22, 9:59 pm

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