Doctors and health campaigners today welcomed the Court of Session judgement that, contrary to efforts by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other alcohol industry partners to block the implementation of Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol in Scotland, the measure falls within the competence of the Scottish Parliament and is compatible with EU law.
Dr Peter Rice, Chair of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), said,
“We urge the Scottish Government to move quickly to implement this important legislation. In parallel, the alcohol industry needs to desist from efforts to block the implementation of this evidence-based policy”.
“The cost of alcohol relative to incomes is a crucial determinant in rates of harm. This is why the cost of alcohol needs to be regulated. The measures Scotland is taking have been supported by health bodies throughout the world. The alcohol industry should drop their opposition to minimum unit price, accept democratically determined controls and stop putting private profit ahead of public health.”