Alcohol Licensing Laws in Scotland

In an earlier missive, I discussed the effect the kak-handed alcohol licensing laws have had on Colin and Dawn Pollock, proprietors of the Sinclair Bay Hotel in Keiss.  Whilst that ol’ relationship of ours with the devil’s sweat does need to be reassessed, one common argument – that it is the plebs drinking themselves silly, and introducing minimum pricing – is looking more shaky.

In response to findings that deaths from alcohol related illness in Scotland is a stonking six times the UK average, The Scotsman reports the incoming chairman of the BMA in Scotland, Brian Keighley as calling for minimum pricing.  Yet, The Times reports him as conceding that hazardous drinking (defined as regularly consuming 22-50 units per week, for men, and 15-35 for women) is becoming more common amongst middle-classes or wine drinkers who may not necessarily see the similar dangers in polishing off a bottle of red and quaffing White Star cider on a street corner.  They are not being a menace, only unwinding after a tough day.

I admit to having been in danger of this (not seeing the similar dangers, that is), and am now combining financial dire straits with the joys of fruit tea.

Although areas such as Shettleston in Glasgow may show alcohol-related deaths at six times the UK average, which is horrifying enough even when factoring out the high number of homeless hostels in the vicinity, leafy middle-class areas such as Bearsden still show as much a two times the countrywide area.


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