The much-vaunted alcohol pricing initiative of Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP, like so many other of their key projects, has been declared a failure. Those with severe dependency problems were apparently cutting back on food and nutrition in order to pay for their drink. It gives me no pleasure to say that many forecast this was exactly what would happen and that those in need of treatment would still not get it and instead most who can handle alcohol safely would be punished financially. Anyone who has dealt with an alcohol dependent person knew this would happen. Alexander McKay, Edinburgh.