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WSTA response to NICE guidance on alcohol


Commenting on guidance regarding alcohol issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Gavin Partington of the WSTA said:

"Sadly, this guidance proposes measures that will not address the root causes of alcohol misuse and will merely punish the majority of British consumers who drink responsibly.
"We need to educate people better and earlier about the risks associated with excessive drinking and we need proper enforcement of laws to address misuse and related anti-social behaviour."
"Minimum pricing is probably illegal and won't stop problem drinkers.
Advertising is already tightly regulated and banning it would hit the pockets of millions of consumers and threaten the loss of thousands of jobs.

"We all want to tackle alcohol misuse, so let's focus on those who have the problem not punish everybody."


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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.

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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