The head of country’s largest police force has said almost all of the violence in the west of Scotland is linked to alcohol.
Stephen House, chief constable of Strathclyde Police, said that Scots required help in order to address their drinking problems and said that drinking at home was a problem because there was not the same controls in place as there were in pubs.
The chief constable claimed that the main problem drinks were cheap vodka, cider and lager sold at supermarkets.
Speaking on Real Radio Chief constable House said: “Virtually all violence in the west of Scotland has got some link to drink. The main contributors are cheap vodka from the supermarkets and lager and cider.
“We’ve all seen it: someone goes into one of the big supermarket chains at six o’clock, seven o’clock at night and comes out with a slab of lager.
“Does that look like sensible drinking? If it’s for him and his 23 mates then maybe it is, but if it’s for him and two other people then it’s not sensible.
“We are spending our time managing unacceptable behaviour by the whole nation but certainly in the west of Scotland police are dealing day-in, day-out with people who have had far too much to drink.”
Mr House said that he doesn’t believe that Scots are currently not able to self-regulate their drinking.
He added: “We need to have it done for us. Now that might be a bit of a nanny state but I think it’s necessary in the first couple of stages for the state to step in and say no, sorry, the £3 billion a year we’re spending on drink-related problems in health and in violence and social care is just money we can’t afford to spend any more.
“We’ve got to do something about it. It’s got to be cut back. The police can do their bit but we cannot solve the problem.”
Mr House was one of many senior officers who recently backed the SNP’s minimum price for alcohol proposals. It has been estimated that the introduction of the policy would have saved around 50 lives in its first year and £ billions public spending costs.
However the plans were blocked after Labour joined with the Tories and Lib Dems in order to vote the policy down.