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Scrubbing up: Your comments

In this week's Scrubbing Up, Dr Catriona Morton warns that many Scots are drinking dangerous amounts of alcohol, and calls for a ban on selling cheap drink and awarding loyalty points with purchases.

Here are some of the comments you have been sending in response to the article.


The comment about teenage patients on ventilators reminds me of an experience a doctor colleague of mine (also based in Scotland) recalled. She was working in A&E one night and was faced with two parents who thought it was "a laugh" when their 14 year old daughter was taken into hospital after binge drinking. My colleague was angered by their irresponsible attitude, so she took them through to the room where their daughter was on a ventilator, and proceeded to describe exactly what she had had to do to keep their daughter alive. It was a harsh lesson for the parents to learn, but one that is necessary.
Chris, Edinburgh

More dictatorial, nannying rubbish. And the claim that alcohol is being sold cheaper than water is not far short of an outright lie - you can only reach this conclusion by comparing the cheapest, weakest lager with pricey designer waters.
Peter, Stockport

I am a recovering alcoholic and haven't had a drink for 15 months. I was drinking cheap white cider from supermarkets. Its 7.5% and it should be taken off the market as it's made for the alcoholic. I don't know anyone that drinks this cider who doesn't have a big problem with drink. Put the price up to pub level...if jobs are lost, so be it.
Chris Hepworth, Shaftesbury

As a student I am quite irritated by reading this article. I drink quite a bit, but I also work very hard and feel that I'm entitled to drink as much as I want. I've never been so drunk that I've required to go to hospital, but if I want to drink a bottle of wine and a few beers then I think I'm entitled to and I will. Increasing the price of alcohol will not prevent people from drinking, it'll just make people more annoyed at the cost.
Damien, Dundee

As a 25 year old male living in Glasgow, I have to agree that there is a bit of a problem with some Scots' drinking habits. However I don't think that a minimum price for alcohol or removing loyalty points would necessarily make any difference. What that would do is punish those on low incomes, giving them even less money to pay for food and also make the supermarkets increase the prices of their quality alcohols. Therefore people like me who enjoy good wine, ales and single malt whisky will have to pay more, despite generally not being problem drinkers.
Luke, Glasgow

Surely this doctor doesn't think that the intoxicated teenagers are concerned with collecting their loyalty points? Equally I am not going to give up my £5 bottle of wine at the weekend because I don't get a loyalty payment which is unlikely to be more than 5p.
Agatha, Edinburgh

Those who are unlikely to be collecting loyalty points so much as thinking about getting really drunk are going to be unaffected by this. Someone saw fit to publicise this opinion? This is politics, lip-service, and far too shallow to have any effect. I expect better from a GP - you wouldn't think they were so out of touch.
Ben, London

As someone who has suffered from the knock-on effects of alcohol in my family (hasn't every family in Scotland been affected?), isn't it a no-brainer to introduce minimum pricing? Well done to the SNP for promoting this and shame on all those parties who are against.
Mike O'Donnell, Dunfermline

When the smoking ban came in I remember saying "...after they finish with the smokers it will be the drinkers." I was against the smoking ban (even though I benefited from it ultimately) because it opens the doors for attack on other things on health grounds. I've paid my taxes all my life and I resent the Government telling me what I can and cannot do, bullying me by raising costs and trying to dictate my habits and behaviour. My only question is, what comes next after cigarettes and alcohol? Salt? Red meat? Maybe we should all be veggies as well!
David Phillips, Leeds

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