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BMA Scotland Publishes Plan to Tackle Scotland's Drink Problem

innocence by association.

4. Legislate for alcohol labelling rather than relying on voluntary agreements with the drinks industry.
More than eight out of 10 doctors believe that alcoholic drinks manufacturers should be compelled to clearly label their products with the number of units of alcohol in each product (2).

5. Reduce the drink driving limit from 80mg to 50mg and introduce Random Breath Testing in Scotland.
Reducing the drink driving limit from 80mg to 50mg will prevent around 65 deaths in the UK each year (3). Legislating to reduce the drink drive limit is a matter reserved to Westminster. BMA Scotland calls upon the Scottish Executive to exert pressure on the UK government to consider reducing drink driving limits. In addition, the introduction of random roadside breath testing would be a vital element in deterring people from drinking and driving and could be implemented by the Scottish Parliament. The introduction of random roadside breath testing would be a vital element in deterring people from drinking and driving, and could be implemented by the Scottish Parliament.

Announcing the plan, Dr Peter Terry, chairman of the BMA in Scotland, said:

The death toll from alcohol misuse is completely unacceptable and government must take action. Our action plan sets out a range of measures that the Scottish Executive can take forward as part of a wider strategy.

Most people enjoy a drink and we dont want to end the right of individuals to have that choice, however we want to encourage adults to drink in moderation, rather than drinking to get drunk.

Worryingly, more and more teenagers are drinking at an earlier age and we must do more to combat this trend. Increasing price is one part of a strategy that can deter children from purchasing alcohol. The BMA would also like to see more done in primary schools to educate children about the dangers of drink
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