Tagged: Alcohol Focus Scotland

NEWS: Scottish Courts Uphold Alcohol MUP

Plans to set a minimum unit price for alcohol (MUP) in Scotland have been backed by the Scottish courts. The Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled against a challenge by the Scotch whisky industry. The alcohol industry contended that the plans were a breach of European Law. The ruling now paves the way for the Scottish government to implement its policy. The MUP policy had already been passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2012…

NEWS: Alcohol Major Burden On Emergency Services

The Scottish Ambulance Service report shows that alcohol use is a factor in more than half of all call-outs ambulance staff deal with at weekends and that it is involved in 42% of weekday incidents. The evidence stems from a Scottish Ambulance Service report looking at the impact of alcohol harm on frontline staff including crews and emergency call-takers. A total of 608 staff members responded to the survey…

NEWS: MUP Not Precluded By EU Law

European Court of Justice advocate general Yves Bot said in an official opinion that the Minimum Unit Pricing policy, intended to be introduced in Scotland and other European countries, is not precluded by EU law.
In the official opinion, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) would only be legal if it could be shown that no other mechanism could deliver the desired public health benefits. He also cautioned that MUP risked infringing EU rules on free trade and the principle of free movement of goods…