As ever the SoS misses out the facts you might need to get an informed assessment of the situation.
First: Sharp fall in alcohol-related hospital statistics
In 2020/21 the rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions to general acute hospitals was 614 per 100,000 populations and was 10% lower than the rate recorded during 2019/20 (681 per 100,000).
Second: NHS Scotland smashes drug and alcohol waiting times targets
Of the 8,202 referrals to community-based specialist drug and alcohol treatment services completed in this quarter [January to March 2022], 92% involved a wait of three weeks or less.
The target is 90%.
Third: SNP Minimum Pricing has worked
Despite desperate attempts by opposition parties and their MSM lackeys to somehow suggest that the ‘SNP’ minimum pricing policy is not working in Scotland, their arguments do not survive a collision with the evidence.
While alcohol-related deaths, in Scotland, did rise during the period of pandemic lockdowns in 2020, they had fallen for the 3 previous years, after the implementation of the policy in May 2018. The above BBC report suggests:
Heavy home drinking during the pandemic may have set habits that will lead to rises in alcohol-related deaths and illness in England, forecasters warn. The work, commissioned for the NHS, suggests even under the best-case scenario of people cutting back to pre-pandemic boozing levels, there could be 1,830 extra deaths within two decades.https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(21)00052-9/fulltext
There is no mention of the Scottish policy in a report with experts content only to warn but not to suggest solutions.
Even if they tend not to look north for ideas, they surely read the Lancet:
The evidence base supporting the positive, targeted impact of MUP is strengthened by the comparable results for Scotland and Wales. The short-term impact of MUP in Scotland during 2018 is maintained during the first half of 2020. MUP is an effective alcohol policy option to reduce off-trade purchases of alcohol and should be widely considered.https://www.bmj.com/content/377/bmj.o1530
Introducing minimum prices alongside alcohol taxes would limit access to high strength, low price alcohol which is associated with heavy drinking and high levels of harm. It highlighted minimum unit pricing—where the minimum price of a product is determined by the alcohol content only—as one of the most effective policies.https://www.bmj.com/content/377/bmj.o1530
And the World Health Organisation:
Alcohol pricing policies and taxation are among the most effective and cost–effective measures to reduce alcohol consumption and harms – but most countries of the WHO European Region still do not use these valuable tools to their full potential.https://www.who.int/europe/news-room/events/item/2022/06/21/default-calendar/launch-of-the-who-europe-report-on-minimum-pricing-of-alcohol