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Scotland – Young People and Alcohol

Two stories from north of the boarder which though off our turf – the Drug Education Forum’s geographical remit is England – are worth noting.

The Scottish Government website has Young people to help tackle alcohol misuse:

A Youth Commission on Alcohol is to be set up so that young people can play an active role in tackling Scotland’s £2.25 billion alcohol misuse problem.

Announcing the new commission at the Scottish Government’s Summit on Underage Drinking in Edinburgh, Public Health Minister Shona Robison said the forum would allow young people to give direct feedback to Ministers. She said young people themselves were the key to getting to grips with underage drinking.

Ms Robison and Adam Ingram, Minister for Children and Early Years, spoke to 150 adults and young people at the one-day summit which featured a series of workshops on tackling underage drinking.

Meanwhile the Guardian report on moves by the government banning sales of alcohol to those under 21:

Scotland is considering a ban on alcohol sales to under-21s in a bid to make “the streets safer and communities better”, Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, said today.

The SNP is considering the ban on alcohol sales outside pubs and clubs as part of its legislative programme for the year ahead.

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