The UK drinks industry, and the Scottish trade in particular, is following an appeal case in the Supreme Court with more than a little interest for clues on whether minimum alcohol pricing is going to be introduced.
Scotland’s lower drink drive limits have had a profound effect on the pub trade, leaving a significant amount of sites with a decline in trade. Has this led to a crisis or opened up opportunities for change? Phil Mellows reports
A proposal to limit the sale of alcohol at Scottish pubs has been labelled “one step away from prohibition”, amid renewed fears that licensees will become increasingly responsible for the health of customers.
The chief executive of the Scottish Beer and Pub Association has called on the Scottish Government to review the current promotions restrictions for alcohol which he claims are unduly targeting the pub sector.
Minimum pricing on alcohol is unlikely to reduce alcohol misuse, is probably illegal and threatens one of Scotland’s key industries. That is the Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) view on the controversial policy set out in the Alcohol Bill, published...
The price of a pint in Scotland could rise by fifty pence if the Scottish government pushes ahead with plans to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol, and takes over alcohol excise duties from Westminster.