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Proposed alcohol legislation – call for views 15/05/2015 The Health and Sport Committee is seeking views on proposed legislation aimed at promoting public health and reducing alcohol related offending

Proposed alcohol legislation – call for views

The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee has issued a call for views on proposed legislation that has the aim of promoting public health and reducing alcohol related offending .

The Alcohol (Licensing, Public Health and Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill, which was introduced by Dr Richard Simpson MSP, contains measures that: 

  • Place restrictions on the retailing and advertising of alcoholic drinks, including placing a restriction on alcoholic drinks containing caffeine;
  • Make changes to licensing laws;
  • Place obligations on the Scottish Ministers to publish, review and report on its alcohol education policy; and
  • Directs certain people whose offending or antisocial behaviour is attributable to alcohol consumption towards treatment or restrictions on that consumption.

“The misuse of alcohol has a devastating impact both on communities and individuals across Scotland,” said Convener of the Committee, Duncan McNeil MSP. “However, it is the role of this Committee to look at the detail behind the proposals and determine is if this legislation would make a positive difference.” 

Further details are available here.

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