Retailers applaud independent study

29 June, 2007

Retail trade bodies have welcomed a report by the Scottish Executive which found that drinks retailers are acting responsibly when selling alcohol.

The independent study - The Relationship Between Off-sales & Problem Drinking in Scotland - looked at whether alcohol promotions were responsible for the rise in binge drinking.

While it found that more needs to be done to address alcohol-related anti-social behaviour, there was little evidence that retailers were helping to fuel it.

Third-party buying - where an adult buys alcohol on behalf of someone under-age - and lack of alcohol education in the young were seen to be the root causes of the problem.

Scottish Retail Consortium director Fiona Moriarty said : "There is no doubt that alcohol abuse is a significant cultural issue which needs to be addressed at a national, community and personal level and retailers are fully committed to playing their part in reducing the harm caused by alcohol ."

The report recommends full training of off-licence staff and investigating the introduction of a national proof-of-age scheme, something the Scottish Grocers' Federation has been campaigning for.

A spokesman for the SGF said: "This report does show that great steps have been made and that the proper focus for the government should be on adults buying for kids and ensuring a good proof of age scheme is in place."

He

added the SGF would work

with the government to implement a proof of age scheme and help educate consumers .




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