Cash boost for booze battle

MORE than £5 million has been handed to NHS Lothian to extend a scheme whereby GPs grill patients on alcohol intake.

It is hoped the Scottish Government cash will help cut the dependence on drink of thousands of Lothians residents.

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Doctors in the area have already had some success with the brief interventions, indicating that a significant number of those asked were able to cut down their intake.

Former Wester Hailes GP and MSP Dr Ian McKee said: "I'm delighted many more people will receive help this year."

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon added: "It's vital we tackle Scotland's drinking culture – too many are drinking too much."