Scotland first country to introduce minimum alcohol price

Scotland first country to introduce minimum alcohol price

Scotland first country to introduce minimum alcohol price

This would make it the first country in the world to establish minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

A lawyer representing the SWA argued at a hearing in London in July that there were better ways to achieve the Scottish Government's aim of lowering alcohol consumption and tackling associated problems.

"This is a historic and far-reaching judgement and a landmark moment in our ambition to turn around Scotland's troubled relationship with alcohol".

'This has been a long journey and in the five years since the Act was passed, alcohol-related deaths in Scotland have increased. "With alcohol available for sale at just 18 pence a unit, that death toll remains unacceptably high".

The measure, passed by Scottish parliament in 2012, was appealed by the Scotch Wisky Association and others. "We will proceed with plans to introduce minimum unit pricing as quickly as possible".

Scottish Labour did not back the legislation at the time due to what were described as "unintended consequences" through which the party argued alcohol retailers could generate profits and undermine the bill's goal.

"They've attempted to use the same tactics of the tobacco industry, but thankfully they've failed". There were campaigns and initiatives by NHS England to support problem drinkers. "The focus is on the impact on lower income and more deprived groups, who it is considered will benefit more in health terms", she said. "The courts should not interfere lightly with that right", she said.

Paul Bartlett, group corporate relations director, said: "C&C Group plc has been a strong and vocal supporter of Minimum Unit Pricing since it was first proposed in 2011".

Joep Stassen, president of spiritsEUROPE, said: "This decision sets an unwelcome precedent for fair competition between alcohol beverage producers". "I want to see the Government set the Minimum Unit Price before Christmas".

Karen Betts, SWA chief executive, said they "accept" the court decision in a statement, but also took time to highlight how it could damage their industry and exports.

"As alcohol has become more affordable, the rates of alcohol-related ill-health have risen".

"This ruling will impact the most harmful drinkers as MUP affects the cheapest booze and the heaviest drinkers". The ECJ asked the United Kingdom courts to look again at the proposals.

Absolutely delighted that minimum pricing has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

Those working in drug and alcohol services and the homelessness sector are clear that to make a substance misused more expensive or to restrict supply will merely displace misuse to another substance or prompt a greater proportion of scarce resources to be directed to sustain misuse, making matter worse for those in crisis and those around them.

Some within the alcohol industry have been keen to come forward to express their support for the ruling.

The brewing trade was split: major brewers, such as the makers of Tennents lager and Magners cider, with higher cost brands and a significant stake in supplying pubs, welcomed the court's decision.

He said: "We welcome today's landmark decision".

"There are people in care homes in Shetland because of alcohol misuse".

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