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Session 36

The Scottish government is introducing a minimum price for alcoholic drinks. Neil and Catherine teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

Scottish government sets minimum price for alcoholic drinks

Cheap alcohol is about to get more expensive in Scotland as the government introduces a minimum price per unit in an attempt to combat alcohol-related health problems. Neil and Catherine bring you the language you need to talk about this story.

Language challenge

The pub is a British institution. What is 'pub' short for?

a) public drinking
b) public house
c) public bar

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The story

A minimum unit price for alcohol has come into force in Scotland.

The Scottish government believes it will reduce the harm caused by excessive drinking – leading to fewer hospital admissions and alcohol-related deaths.

Key words and phrases

alcoholic drink

  • It was difficult to get up early today. There was a lot of booze at last night's party.
  • Too much boozing can lead to serious health problems.

calls time on
announces the end of an activity

  • Neil's called time on using the internet. He's had enough of it.
  • Environmentalists say we have to call time on fossil fuels

day of reckoning
a time when you have to deal with a past mistake

  • Catherine had a day of reckoning with her garden after the weeds started to take over.
  • Some people say social media's day of reckoning will happen soon.

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

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Language challenge - answer

a) someone who encourages or supports you


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