- Minimum pricing can be implemented in Scotland
- Alcohol sold at pocket money prices
- Scotland has so much to gain from reducing how much we drink
- AFS welcomes revised alcohol consumption guidelines
- Emergency services face shocking levels of alcohol abuse
- Every child has the right to grow up safe from alcohol harm
- Public health must prevail over big business
- New toolkit to help children affected by family alcohol problems
- Price check reveals cheap cost of strong alcohol
- Sales increase underlines need for minimum pricing
- Time to kick alcohol out of sport
- Alcohol linked with stomach cancer
- AFS calls for compulsory health warnings on alcoholic drinks
- Are supermarkets 'responsible retailers' when it comes to alcohol?
- Scottish health charities call for excise duty rise to tackle cheap alcohol
- Alcohol campaigners unite to call for stronger protection from alcohol advertising to children
- New resource for people concerned about alcohol in their community
- Minimum pricing decision delayed until summer
- No completely 'safe' level of drinking
- New alcohol guidelines published
- Minimum pricing - European court ruling
- Alcohol fuels ambulance assaults
- 82% of Scots agree drink driving is unacceptable
- Scotland's alcohol strategy - what next?
- Scotland leads way in evidence-based alcohol policy
- New report reveals impact of alcohol on emergency services
- AFS appoints new chief executive
- Alcohol: a global concern
- Campaigners gather in Edinburgh for global alcohol conference
- Alcohol and pregnancy don't mix
- European Court minimum pricing opinion
- Call for minimum pricing as alcohol deaths rise
- How much are we really drinking?
- Dr Evelyn Gillan
- Majority of Brits harmed by other people's drinking
- Interactive map of alcohol and tobacco outlets
- Help consumers make an informed choice about alcohol
- Alcohol debate must continue
- Alcohol sponsorship in Formula 1: a dangerous cocktail
- Minimum pricing case to be heard in Europe
European Court minimum pricing opinion
Alcohol Focus Scotland responds to today’s opinion on minimum unit pricing from the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice
The Advocate General confirms that minimum unit pricing is not precluded by EU law, and can be implemented if it is shown to be the most effective public health measure available.
Comment from Jennifer Curran, Acting Deputy Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland:
"Today’s opinion from the Advocate General hopefully means we are one step closer to implementing minimum unit pricing in Scotland.
"Taxation alone simply cannot deliver the same benefits that minimum pricing can in raising the price of the cheapest alcohol that causes the most harm.
"More than 2,500 Scots have died because of alcohol since minimum pricing was passed by the Scottish Parliament in May 2012. In the last year we have seen a concerning rise in alcohol sales and deaths, underlining the need to implement minimum pricing as soon as possible.
"The cheapest, strongest alcohol is mainly bought by harmful drinkers and more than half of all the alcohol sold in supermarkets and off-sales is cheaper than 50p per unit. Evidence shows that a minimum unit price of 50p will protect health, cut crime and save lives.
"By taking this legal action in the first place, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) have undermined the collective view of the Scottish Parliament and they are costing taxpayers thousands of pounds in legal costs. It is quite clear that the multinational companies represented by the SWA prioritise their profits over people’s lives."