I was interested to read the press release below from the Scottish Government about Scotland's drink problem.
I was perhaps more interested in what it did not say rather than what it did say.
Some of the Governments proposals to tackle excessive drinking have had better reviews than others, but the one that seems to have attracted the most flack is the proposal to ban under 21's from buying alcohol from off licenses but not from bars and clubs.
Two of the measures are mentioned twice, with one other measure also mentioned in the press release, but but not that one. Given the wide opposition to this move, is the Government getting cold feet?
MacASKILL DISCUSSES ACTION ON ALCOHOL WITH NEW ZEALAND MINISTER
The Scottish Government's consultation on tackling the country's problem with alcohol misuse is attracting international interest.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill today met with his counterpart from the New Zealand Government Lianne Dalziel to bring her up to speed with the proposals, including minimum pricing, banning irresponsible promotions and introducing a social responsibility fee.
Mr MacAskill said:
"Scotland has an unenviable reputation as a hard drinking nation that's proud to be able to drink others under the table. For many years this has been seen as a source of pride to many Scots.
"We are now beginning to start a different international reputation on alcohol. That of a country that admits it has a problem with alcohol misuse and is taking bold action to tackle it.
"That's why I was pleased to meet with the New Zealand Associate Minister for Justice Lianne Dalziel who wanted to discuss our proposals. We had a very helpful discussion and Ms Dalziel was very interested in the action being considered in Scotland.
"We've had other requests for more details and information about our plans - including minimum pricing and irresponsible promotions. I hope other countries will consider following Scotland's lead."
Lianne Dalziel said:
"I congratulate the Scottish Government for taking on this important issue and taking action to tackle. It is clear that doing nothing is not an option.
"In New Zealand we are facing similar challenges to Scotland on alcohol issues. I will be returning to New Zealand with some good ideas to assist in our law reform work."