Minimum pricing would punish consumers: WSTA

01 November, 2011

Minimum pricing in Scotland would punish consumers already struggling in today’s tough economic climate, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has said.

Commenting on today’s publication of the Minimum Pricing (Alcohol) (Scotland) Bill, WSTA chief executive Jeremy Beadles said: “As millions of families face the toughest economic conditions for a generation, the Scottish government is determined to press ahead with legislation that will punish the vast majority of responsible consumers with higher prices.

“Yet there is no evidence minimum pricing will address the problem of alcohol misuse and the most recent government figures show alcohol consumption per capita fell in Scotland last year.

“The Scottish parliament should insist on its right to review the policy and its impact on cross-border shopping, internet sales of alcohol and any evidence of illegal trade of alcohol in Scotland.”




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