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WSTA statement on Scottish Government Minimum Price Announcement


2 September 2010

Commenting on today’s announcement by the Scottish Government that it intends to set a minimum price per unit of alcohol at 45p, WSTA spokesman Gavin Partington said:

“Setting a minimum price at 45p doesn’t alter the fact that minimum pricing is wrong in principle. It won’t tackle alcohol misuse but will punish families on low incomes and pensioners.

“Surely Ministers cannot believe that making a hazardous drinker pay an extra £1.08* per week is going to solve the problem.

“It’s time the Scottish Government stopped pursuing an approach already rejected by Parliament and started working with other politicians and stakeholders on a range of policies to address the root causes of alcohol misuse.”


 
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Notes to Editors:

*Based on minimum price modelling in the Sheffield Scotland Report, commissioned by the Scottish Government.

WSTA
The WSTA is the UK lobbying organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 310 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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