Minister for Drugs and Alcohol Policy

Christina McKelvie  MSP



Minister for Drugs and Alcohol Policy
The Scottish Government
St. Andrew's House
2 Regent Road

Christina McKelvie was reappointed as Minister for Drugs and Alcohol Policy in May 2024 .


Supports the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care.

Specific responsibilities are:

  • alcohol harm prevention, harm reduction and recovery
  • alcohol treatment
  • reducing drinking at hazardous and harmful levels
  • reducing drug related deaths
  • supporting the rehabilitation and recovery of those living with drug or alcohol dependency
  • tackling and reducing the harm of problem substance use



Christina McKelvie previously worked as a learning and development officer for Glasgow City Council. 

Born in Glasgow, Christina went to St Leonard's Secondary School and her studies included the University of St Andrews. 

Christina, who has two sons, has been MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse since May 2011. She was previously MSP for Central Scotland and has been chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee. She was appointed Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development in March 2023, and Minister for Drugs and Alcohol Policy in February 2024.

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