Trainspotting author to help Scotland shun booze culture

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Irvine Welsh will meet with the Scottish Government to discuss how best to tackle the ‘booze and blades’ culture north of the border.

The Trainspotting author is to join forces with deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon, justice minister Kenny MacAskill and chief medical officer Harry Burns.

Welsh will discuss the problem of alcohol-fuelled violence and is expected to offer his own radical insight into what he believes policymakers should be doing.

The organisation behind the meeting, the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), wants a more creative approach to the problem, which leads to 14,000 violent crimes in Scotland each year.

Director of SHAAP, Evelyn Gillan said: ‘We believe there needs to be a new approach to the issue of tackling alcohol abuse in Scotland by involving good, creative thinkers.’

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