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New Member’s Bill: Alcohol (Licensing, Public Health and Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill

April 19th 2015

On the 1st April 2015, Richard Simpson MSP introduced a new Member’s Bill aimed at reducing and dealing with alcohol abuse.

The core objectives of the Bill are to improve public health by discouraging irresponsible alcohol consumption, and to tackle the consequences in terms of antisocial and criminal behaviour. The Bill sets out ten measures which look to: place restrictions on alcohol retailing and advertising; make changes to licensing laws; place obligations on the Scottish Ministers to publish, review and report on alcohol education policy; and direct certain people whose offending or antisocial behaviour is attributable to alcohol consumption towards treatment or restriction on that consumption.

Full details of the Bill can be found at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/88187.aspx

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