Stuart McMillan MSP has commended the Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) Action Fund which this year has awarded £180,000 to fifteen local initiatives working to reduce alcohol harm in Scotland. The fund extends the SWA’s commitment to addressing alcohol misuse and promoting responsible drinking.
This is the fourth round of awards from the fund set up in December 2013 by the SWA, and means some 37 awards have been made since it was established. It is also noteworthy that the number of awards granted in 2017 was higher than in previous years due to additional funds being made available through Foundation Scotland, an independent charity that manages the fund.
Commenting, the Greenock and Inverclyde MSP said:
“The Scotch Whisky Association’s Action Fund supports and develops a range of initiatives that deliver targeted interventions to tackle alcohol-related harms across three main areas: young people under the age of 18, families, and communities.
“This funding will go a long way to assisting the community projects and local organisations who are already working to reduce the negative effects of alcohol misuse at both a personal and societal level. Empowering grassroots groups to continue their good work and providing funding to boost their efforts is, in many cases, an extremely effective method of tackling issues like alcohol misuse.
“Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing came into effect last month and the Scottish Government has repeatedly stressed that this is only one of a raft of measures to address alcohol-related harm and the misuse of alcohol.
“What the SWA is doing just shows how businesses operating in the alcohol industry can play their part alongside Government to improve the lives and communities affected by alcohol misuse in Scotland.”