Scots 'furious' on pricing policy

08 August, 2008

Scottish drinkers are furious with government plans to increase alcohol prices and

they claim it would be unfair to charge them more than English drinkers, a survey has revealed.


poll commissioned by the Wine & Spirits Trade Association found the public were critical of the Scottish

Executive's consultation

paper on alcohol.

The paper, published in June, suggested raising prices and restricting drinks promotions in an attempt to tackle alcohol abuse.

The poll found the Scots did not want to be treated differently to English drinkers and one in five said they would buy alcohol from England if the proposals become a reality.

Jeremy Beadles, chief executive of the WSTA, said: "There is clearly a growing disconnection between the extreme policies being pursued by the Scottish government and the views of the Scottish electorate.

"Before it is too late, the SNP should stop punishing the majority of Scots for the sins of a minority."

More than 1,000 people took part in the opinion poll and 75 % said it was unfair for Scottish drinkers to pay more than their English counterparts.

Sixty per cent of those polled rejected the idea that Scotland had more of a problem with alcohol than other countries and 19% said they would order cheaper alcohol from England if drink prices were increased and alcohol promotions banned in Scotland.

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