The flagship policy of the SNP in introducing minimum pricing of alcohol is a complete failure as deaths from alcohol-related illnesses actually increased by 17 per cent in Scotland last year and the only winners have been the supermarkets and off-licences who can charge full price for alcohol without needing to discount for customers. If the SNP decide to raise the minimum price even higher it will simply punish the moderate drinkers harder and then there will be a corresponding increase of people doing a “booze run” across the Scottish border to buy alcohol in bulk at much-reduced prices. Dennis Forbes Grattan, Aberdeenshire