Counselling service bosses dealing with alcohol dependency in Fife reckon the Commonwealth Games present a dilemma over young people’s exposure to drink.
More people, however, seemed to be recognising the harmful impact and long-term effects of misusing alcohol, said Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS).
A recent study of Scotland’s attitudes to drink found just over 60 per cent thought it was the drug causing most of Scotland’s present-day social problems.
The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2013 questioned around 1500 people and found 41 per cent were in favour of minimum pricing for alcohol, 35 per cent were against and 22 per cent had no particular view.
Jim Bett, FASS’ service manager, said: “It doesn’t surprise me at all that the response to minimum pricing shows many people are very confused on the subject.
“More important from FASS’ point of view is 60 per cent of Scots now realise alcohol is a drug which, if abused or misused, can cause many people, their families and friends lots of social and health problems.”
Jim also pointed out the difficulty surrounding alcohol and the population in general, and highlighted Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games next week as a prime example.
“How Glasgow 2014 intends to minimise children and young people’s exposure to alcohol brands during the Games, where giving these alcohol brands free reign to advertise their products to young people, is not, in my opinion, really in keeping with the spirit of the Games.”