Minimum alcohol pricing of 45p per unit would reduce deaths and hospital admissions among those who purchase large quantities of low cost alcohol, but would have negligible effects on low income moderate drinkers’ alcohol consumption and spending.
It was an interesting coalition of a dozen industry leaders who put their name to a letter published in the Daily Telegraph last week urging Prime Minister David Cameron to stick to his previously announced plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol.
A legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s plan for minimum pricing on alcohol kicks off this week in Edinburgh, with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) claiming it would break UK and European Union law.
So I seem to have spent much of the last ten days fending off questions from customers about just what the Minimum Price legislation would mean to them. It’s amusing to watch how a little bit of pub maths and a lot of hyperbole can make somebody’s perception...
Imagine that a huge number of pub owners, tenants and lessees continue to be on the verge of going bust as the steady trend towards drinking at home, instead of drinking in the pub, continues, says Tony Brookes.
The Government response to the Health Select Committee report on the Alcohol Strategy has "moved the goal posts" over tackling cut price alcohol, claims the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).
Greene King, the brewer and pub operator, has called for the Westminster Government to follow Scotland and push for minimum pricing of alcohol at 45-50p per unit to avoid the emergence of “booze cruises” between the different UK countries.
The Government has defended claims that introducing an alcohol minimum price of 40p per unit is a "using a sledge hammer to crack a nut", saying that evidence shows that alcohol consumption is price sensitive.
When several national newspapers simultaneously run a story saying the prime minister is committed to minimum pricing for alcohol, you can be pretty sure the policy is on its way in one form or another.
Trade leaders have urged the Government to use VAT as the lever to level the playing field with the cheap supermarket deals and combat binge drinking rather than follow Scotland’s lead on minimum pricing.