'SNP refuses Britain-wide alcohol minimum price'

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SNP ministers have refused an invitation from the coalition government to agree a Britain-wide minimum price for alcohol despite initially...

SNP ministers have refused an invitation from the coalition government to agree a Britain-wide minimum price for alcohol despite initially spearheading the proposal. The Home Office unveiled a plan for minimum pricing in England and told the Daily Telegraph its officials had contacted their peers in Edinburgh encouraging Scottish ministers to adopt it. But Alex Salmond's administration refused to copy the measure, arguing that it would set a minimum price for alcohol that was so low as to be meaningless - The Telegraph

Two-thirds of the public believe the amount of alcohol people drink in Britain is out of control, according to Home Office research published as ministers detailed plans for a ban on cut-price booze. The research also showed that 93 per cent of heavier drinkers under the age of 35 say they have witnessed alcohol-related crime and disorder in the past 12 months - The Guardian

Alcohol price plans will only save 21 lives a year, says expert. Watered-down plans to impose a minimum price for alcohol will only save 21 lives a year, an expert said yesterday. Supermarkets and shops will be banned from selling drinks for less than any duty and VAT owned on them under proposals announced by the Home Office. The move means a can of lager could still be sold for 38p and a litre of cider for just 40p - The Telegraph

The advertising watchdog has banned Coca-Cola from claiming its Vitaminwater brand is "nutritious", after upholding complaints that the product actually contained 23g of sugar. Vitaminwater, which is owned by Coca-Cola, ran a poster campaign with the line "enhanced hydration for the nation - delicious and nutritious" - The Guardian

A teenage alcoholic who was drinking the equivalent of ten pints of beer a day has finally kicked the booze - after being banned from all pubs, clubs and off-licences in the country. Laura Hall became the first person in Britain to be given a two-year nationwide Asbo last April after running up a staggering 29 alcohol-related convictions. But after attending a rehabilitation centre in Portugal, the school dropout has now been alcohol-free for six months - and is confident she is off the demon drink for good - Daily Mail

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