Calls to introduce a minimum price for alcohol were renewed in Scotland this week after a survey revealed that six times more people died drink-induced deaths in the country than they did in the rest of the UK.

Of the 73 Scottish parliament constituencies, 64 have alcohol-related death rates above the UK average, according to findings revealed in a Parliamentary answer by health secretary Nicola Sturgeon.

Greater Glasgow and Clyde have the worst rates, with mortalities in Glasgow Shettleston 574% of the UK average.

The figures highlight the link between alcohol misuse and poverty, said Jack Law, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland. "We want to see action on the price of alcohol," he added. "The lure of deeply discounted alcohol comes at a huge cost to families, communities and services. Introducing minimum pricing will make a difference."

The Scottish government is considering introducing minimum pricing in a Bill to be published later this year.

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