Tagged: Scotland

NEWS: Scotland: Big Alcohol Again Appeals Against MUP

Scott Whiskey Association appeals again against Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP)
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), which is the lobby front group for some of the world’s biggest alcohol producers including Diageo and Beam Suntory, has applied to appeal in the UK Supreme Court against minimum pricing for alcohol in 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: Scotland: Extremely Cheap Alcohol

The BBC reports of brand new study conducted by Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS): The maximum recommended weekly intake of alcohol could be purchased for £2.52. Alcohol Focus Scotland’s study analyzed the prices of cider, vodka, lager and wine in supermarkets and convenience stores in Glasgow and Edinburgh. AFS found that some types of alcohol could be bought for 18p per unit of alcohol. Especially cider was found to be extremely cheap, with regard to getting maximum alcohol for the cheapest price. For example, one three-litre bottle of cider, at 7.5% alcohol by volume, cost just £3.99…

NEWS: Report: Alcohol Policy Measures Work

A new report has found that evidence-based government policies have had a positive impact on alcohol consumption in Scotland. NHS Health Scotland found that a ban on multi-buy drinks promotions was among a number of successful initiatives. The report is the final review of the Scottish government’s alcohol strategy, which was introduced in 2009…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Threats Legal Action Against Health Law

The alcohol industry does it again: Big Alcohol threats legal action against public health law. SpiritsEurope, the lobby group of the liquor industry representing Big Alcohol giants in Europe has threatened to pursue legal action against the Minimum Unit Price (MUP) on alcohol measure that the Irish government announced it would implement to reduce alcohol harm and promote public health and well-being in Ireland…

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: Scotland: Social Responsibility Tax Plans

The Scottish Government is considering reintroducing its “social responsibility” tax on alcohol retailers as more Scots shift from on-premise to off-premise alcohol purchases. Off-premise alcohol purchases now account for nearly three-quarters of alcohol sales in Scotland, compared with less than 50% some 20 years ago…

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…