As expected, the strategy contained proposals to raise the legal age for buying alcohol in supermarkets and off-licences from 18 to 21, as well as plans to scrap cheap drink promotions and to set a minimum price for a unit of alcohol.
Retailers slammed the plans. "We are fully committed to playing our part in tackling alcohol misuse, but it is only a small minority of Scots who have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol,” said Scottish Retail Consortium director Fiona Moriarty.
“Draconian legislation will not change that but it will penalise the overwhelming majority of customers who consume alcohol perfectly responsibly,” she added. “How can it be right that a 20 year old can drink all they like in a pub but not stop at a shop for wine or beer to drink responsibly at home?”