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WSTA Response to Lancet Report


21 February, 2011

Responding to today's report in The Lancet forecasting the impact of alcohol-related illnesses, WSTA Spokesman Gavin Partington said:

"It is regrettable that the various projections take no account of the most recent Government data showing a continued fall in consumption of alcohol and a decline in the number of deaths from alcohol related illnesses.

"The authors ignore the fact that alcohol taxes and prices are among the highest in Europe in contrast to France, a country with low prices yet cited as a nation having achieved a reduction in liver-related deaths.

"The drinks industry is rightly playing a constructive role in discussions with other stakeholders as part of the Government's public health responsibility deal. We are committed to playing our part in addressing the issues associated with alcohol misuse."


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WSTA
The WSTA is the UK lobbying organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 330 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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