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WSTA response to Police and Social Responsibility Bill

1 December 2010

 Responding to publication of the Government’s Police and Social Responsibility Bill, Jeremy Beadles, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said:

“We welcome the Government’s positive response to some of the concerns we’ve expressed during consultation about proposed changes to the licensing regime.

“We remain concerned about the implications of the proposed late night levy, not least the possibility that it may be seen by some local authorities as a way of simply raising revenue. It is vital that it is applied only to premises where there is clear evidence of a problem and does not impact responsible businesses which happen to be in the vicinity.

“We hope Government will encourage police and local authorities to adopt a common sense and partnership approach when using their substantial powers to tackle problem drinking and licensing issues.

“Community Alcohol Partnerships, built on a co-operative approach by local businesses and enforcement agencies, are delivering positive results.”


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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
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WSTA response to Rowntree report

8 December 2010

Responding to today’s report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation “Young people and alcohol: influences on how they drink”, Jeremy Beadles, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said:

“The issue at the heart of this report is the sad propensity of some young adults to drink to get drunk and that is why the industry is investing millions of pounds in a five year campaign to change attitudes to drinking.

“Far from changing attitudes minimum unit pricing would surely encourage young adult consumers to regard alcohol as a commodity rather than something to be enjoyed in moderation in a range of different social settings.”

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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]

WSTA rejects calls for advertising restrictions

19 October 2010

Responding to calls from Alcohol Concern for extensive new restrictions on advertising of alcoholic drinks,  WSTA Chief Executive Jeremy Beadles said:

"Alcohol Concern's claim that advertising of alcohol drinks leads to higher levels of drinking among under 18's is not supported by the evidence. 

"In fact a recently concluded study led by Professor Gerard Hastings of Stirling University*, a staunch critic of alcohol advertising, found no association between awareness of alcohol marketing at age 13 and either the onset of drinking or the amount consumed two years later.

"The truth is that the marketing and advertising restrictions Alcohol Concern seeks would hit the pockets of millions of consumers and threaten the livelihoods of thousands of people working in the media, advertising and television, not to mention the drinks industry.

"Worse still the proposed restrictions would do nothing to address the root causes of alcohol misuse. The drinks industry is funding a number of major campaigns to change drinking patterns amongst young adults. We believe culture change is more likely to be achieved through long term education and tough enforcement."
 
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Notes to Editors:

*The Impact of Alcohol Marketing on Youth Drinking Behaviour: A Two-stage Cohort Study.
Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling

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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