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WSTA Challenges Select Committee Findings


Responding to today's Health Select Committee report calling for minimum pricing for alcohol and further restrictions on the advertising of alcohol products, WSTA Chief Executive Jeremy Beadles said


"There are no surprises here. This Select Committee report is just part of the concerted campaign by elements of the health lobby for a range of policies which will punish millions of hard-working people while doing nothing to tackle the problem few.

"The truth is that a minimum price of 50p or tax rises would force prices up for responsible consumers while proposed advertising restrictions amount to an effective ban which would put jobs at risk in the media and advertising industries.

"Government statistics show that 7% of the population drink 33% of the alcohol in the UK. On that basis we should be focusing our efforts on tackling problem drinkers rather than punishing the many.

"What's needed is tough action against those who misuse alcohol with help for those who have a genuine health problem and mandatory school education about alcohol so that people understand the risks.

"The drinks industry is working in partnership with local authorities and others to combat underage purchase and possession of alcohol and investing in Government endorsed campaigns to persuade consumers to change their behaviour.

"Let's focus our efforts on policies which make a difference rather than pursue a mantra of price rises and bans which will not address the root causes of alcohol misuse."

 

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Notes to Editors:

The WSTA is the UK lobbying organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 320 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits.

We campaign to promote the industry's interests with governments at home and abroad.

We work with our members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.

 

Key Facts:

Consumption

 Per capita alcohol consumption has been falling since 2004

"The UK ranks 13th out of 27 in the EU league table of per capita alcohol consumption

 On average, Britons drink 17 per cent less than the French, and 19 per cent less than the Germans

 

For more information please contact Gavin Partington:

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7089 3876

Mob: +44 (0) 7966 014058

Email: [email protected]

 

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