Scots stun drinks trade with 50p minimum pricing plan

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The drinks trade has reacted with horror after the Scottish government unveiled hardline plans for a 50p per unit minimum price for alcohol - 40% higher than when the idea was first mooted, four years ago.

Ministers said today they needed to take “radical action” to stop Scots “drinking themselves to death”.

The move would see the minimum cost of a bottle of wine rise to £4.69, while a four-pack of lager would cost at least £3.52.

“Cheap alcohol comes at a price and now is the time to tackle the toll that Scotland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol is taking on our society,” said Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon.

“Too many Scots are drinking themselves to death. The problem affects people of all walks of life.”

The drinks trade slammed the move, saying it would hit the poor while failing to address problem drinking.

“Hard-pressed consumers in Scotland can now see the true impact of the Scottish government’s policy,“ said Gavin Partington, interim chief executive of the WSTA.

“A minimum unit price of 50p will punish the majority of responsible consumers with higher prices, hitting the poorest hardest and will do nothing to tackle the root causes of alcohol misuse.”

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  • The drinks industry should have been proactive on this and not waited till they are backed into a corner

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  • Responsible customers aren't guzzling booze down indiscriminately, so this idea won't 'hit the poorest' as Gavin Partington (patronisingly) suggests. The ones who it will hit are the alcoholics and binge drinkers and that can only be a good thing.

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  • WHAT DO EXPECT FROM A BUNCH OF POLITICIANS - ALL IN THE UK- WHO VOTED THROUGH THE 2003 LICENCING ACT WHICH PROVIDED FOR 24 HOUR AVIALABILITY AND VIRTUALLY DESTROYED CONTROLS ON SPECIFIED OUTLETS, ALLOWING THE SUPERMARKETS AND EVERY LOCAL SHOP TO OPENLY DISPLAY AND PUSH ALCOHOL. THEY THEN SEE A FLOOD OF BINGE DRINKING AND ALCOHOL ABUSE AND FAIL TO SEE THE OBVIOUS LINKS.!
    A CLASSIC CASE OF LACK OF COMMON SENSE - BUT THEN,THEY ARE POLITICIANS.

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  • Who cares about the drinks companies profits vs the shocking misery inflicted on society by their products? Something radical needs to be done, but if the industry gets its way the problem won't be fixed because all they care about is maximising boardroom bonuses. Its a bad move to react with 'horror' over this, the industry has mis-read public sentiment and it will backfire. Are you aware of social media?

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