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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]

WSTA welcomes tax freeze

The WSTA welcomes today's Budget announcement that there will not be any further immediate increases in excise duty on wine and spirits.

The decision follows substantial increases in tax on alcohol in recent years.  Since the start of 2008 tax on wine and spirits has increased by 26% and 22% respectively.
 
This is the first time the Government has frozen excise duty since 2001.

WSTA Chief Executive Jeremy Beadles said:

 "Today's announcement provides some relief for a sector that has faced substantial tax increases in recent years and I welcome the Chancellor's decision.

"Repeated tax hikes have produced less revenue for the Treasury and punished responsible drinkers, while failing to tackle the problem of binge-drinking."

 

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Notes to editors
The WSTA is the UK 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]

WSTA response to Coalition Government policy statement on alcohol

Responding to today’s Coalition Government policy statement, the WSTA welcomes the proposal to ban below cost sale of alcohol.

WSTA Chief Executive Jeremy Beadles said: 

“The WSTA supports a ban on selling alcohol below the level of duty plus VAT on the basis that these are both consumer taxes and therefore the cost should be passed on to the consumer.

“While the WSTA remains opposed to minimum pricing we are keen to work with Government on the issue of below cost selling to ensure any future legislation does not discriminate against any particular section of the drinks industry.

“However, we do not believe that alcohol pricing and taxation provide the solution to alcohol misuse. What’s needed is education and rigorous enforcement of laws to address misuse and related anti-social behaviour.

“We will continue to work with Government to communicate the sensible drinking message, not least through the Campaign for Smarter Drinking, which this week received the Drinks Business Responsible Drinking 2010 award.”


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Notes to editors:

WSTA
The WSTA is the UK 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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