World Alcohol Conference

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The Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) kicks off today at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in order to discuss ways to reduce alcohol related harm.

Attended by over 400 delegates from 55 countries around the world the event will run from the 7th to the 9th of October, focussing on progressive policies such as minimum unit pricing, bans on marketing and reducing the availability of alcohol.

The Scottish government has received praise from the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) for its “political courage” in already attempting to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol.

Despite MSPs passing a law 2012 to impose a minimum unit price the policy has been road-blocked by legal challenges from the Scottish Whisky Association.

Prior to the conference the chair of GAPA, Dr Mac Armstrong, which is co-hosting the event with the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance said: “If we want to reduce liver disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, injuries and mental health problems, we need to step up our alcohol control efforts.

“I am delighted to welcome everyone taking part in the Global Alcohol Policy Conference and hope it can be a catalyst for concerted action to counter the significant health and social problems that alcohol causes here in Scotland and around the world.”

According to research exposure to marketing not only increases the likelihood of young people taking up drinking but also increases the amount of alcohol people already consume.

Alcohol is the fifth leading factor for injury, disease and disability in the world. Yet in some places such as Sub-Saharan Africa, most of Latin America and Europe it is the number one cause.

Despite this the level of alcohol related hospital admissions in Scotland has been steadily declining in recent years.

The chair of Alcohol Focus Scotland- the charity working towards the national reduction of alcohol related harm- Dr Mac Armstrong has said:

“The Scottish government’s plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol will increase the price of the cheapest, strongest drinks.

“This action provides yet more evidence of the alcohol industry’s role in seeking to prevent the implementation of alcohol policies that are going to be effective in reducing alcohol consumption and harm.”

World Alcohol Conference

The Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) kicks off today at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in order to discuss ways to reduce alcohol related harm.

Attended by over 400 delegates from 55 countries around the world the event will run from the 7th to the 9th of October, focussing on progressive policies such as minimum unit pricing, bans on marketing and reducing the availability of alcohol.

The Scottish government has received praise from the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) for its “political courage” in already attempting to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol.

Despite MSPs passing a law 2012 to impose a minimum unit price the policy has been road-blocked by legal challenges from the Scottish Whisky Association.

Prior to the conference Dr Armstrong, said: “If we want to reduce liver disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, injuries and mental health problems, we need to step up our alcohol control efforts.

“I am delighted to welcome everyone taking part in the Global Alcohol Policy Conference and hope it can be a catalyst for concerted action to counter the significant health and social problems that alcohol causes here in Scotland and around the world.”

According to research exposure to marketing not only increases the likelihood of young people taking up drinking but also increases the amount of alcohol people already consume.

Alcohol is the fifth leading factor for injury, disease and disability in the world. Yet in some places such as Sub-Saharan Africa, most of Latin America and Europe it is the number one cause.

Despite this the level of alcohol-related hospital admissions in Scotland has been steadily declining in recent years.

The chair of Alcohol Focus Scotland- the charity working towards the national reduction of alcohol-related harm- Dr Mac Armstrong has said:

“The Scottish government’s plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol will increase the price of the cheapest, strongest drinks.

“This action provides yet more evidence of the alcohol industry’s role in seeking to prevent the implementation of alcohol policies that are going to be effective in reducing alcohol consumption and harm.”

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