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- What next for reducing alcohol harm in Scotland?
- Scotland must do more to turn tide of alcohol harm
- Concern as funding for alcohol services cut
- Budget: No change in alcohol duty
- Scottish Government urged to curb alcohol marketing
- Consumers have the right to know health risks
- Chancellor urged to tackle cheap, strong cider in Budget
- Online help for families affected by alcohol
- Alcohol-free childhood is healthiest option
- SWA granted leave to appeal minimum pricing
- Drink drive warning
- Scottish Greens call for action on alcohol marketing
- Scottish Government receives European alcohol award
- SWA will appeal to UK Supreme Court
- Half of alcohol being sold under 50p per unit
- SWA urged to respect minimum pricing decision
- Alcohol and mental health are closely linked
- 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
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- 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
- How much are we really drinking?
- Majority of Brits harmed by other people's drinking
- Interactive map of alcohol and tobacco outlets
- Help consumers make an informed choice about alcohol
Minimum pricing decision delayed until summer
In December, the European Court of Justice stated that it is up to the Scottish court to decide if minimum unit pricing is more appropriate and proportionate than other measures i.e. taxation, to protect health.
The Court of Session in Edinburgh held a procedural hearing on 28 January and agreed to hear further evidence, with a final hearing provisionally scheduled for June.
Alison Douglas, Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, and Eric Carlin, Director of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), said:
“Today the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) continued its efforts to prevent the implementation of minimum unit pricing in Scotland. This comes the day after the SWA launched a campaign to reduce alcohol duty on spirits. SWA’s action suggests that they put profit above health.
"They are seeking to obstruct both the mechanisms that would reduce harm by increasing the price of alcohol: minimum unit price and taxation. This despite the Scottish Parliament and the courts in both Scotland and Europe accepting the clear link between price, consumption and harm.
"We are pleased the Court of Session is seeking further evidence. We remain confident that the case for minimum unit pricing will be conclusive and look forward to this much-needed policy finally being implemented.”