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WSTA response on Minimum Unit Pricing legislation


7 September 2011


Commenting on the announcement today of fresh legislation to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol in Scotland, Jeremy Beadles, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association said:

"The First Minister made clear today the SNP's intention to push forward with minimum unit pricing yet there is no evidence to suggest minimum pricing will be effective in tackling alcohol misuse and substantial grounds to believe the policy breaches EU law.

"The most recent Government figures show alcohol consumption per capita fell in Scotland in 2010 and in recent years alcohol-related hospital admissions have declined, suggesting the message about responsible drinking is hitting home.

"It is vital that there is a full and independent review of the consequences of minimum unit pricing, including examination of its impact on cross-border shopping, internet sales of alcohol and any evidence of illegal trade of alcohol in Scotland."

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The WSTA is the UK organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 340 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.

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