THE drinking age in Scotland could rise to 21 under proposals being considered by the Scottish Government.
Public health minister Shona Robinson said the proposals formed part of a long-term strategy aimed at cutting the country`s binge drinking problem.
"We all know that Scotland as a nation has a drink problem and the implications of this are very serious - not least for our health," she told the BBC.
"The Scottish Government is currently in the process of developing a long-term alcohol strategy and as part of this we have been looking at a range of issues including availability, accessibility and age of purchase.
"At this stage, nothing has been ruled in and nothing has been ruled out and we will present our proposals later this year."