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Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems. (2014) Scotland the brave! - Alcohol policy in Scotland. Proceedings from Brussels event to support Scotland’s alcohol minimum unit pricing policy. In: Scotland the brave!, 5th September 2014, Brussels.

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This report records the proceedings of a historic event that took place in Brussels on 5th September 2014 when the Scottish health professions joined with around 80 European colleagues and industry representatives to challenge the continued obstruction by global alcohol producers to the implementation of Scotland’s Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) policy.

Legislation to introduce a Minimum Unit Price of 50p was passed without opposition by the Scottish Parliament in May 2012. The legislation has yet to come into force because a consortium of global alcohol producers, fronted by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), Spirits Europe and the Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV) is fighting its implementation every step of the way. The fight has moved to Europe where, in the latest stage of the legal battle, written opinions from EU member states may be made to the European Court, with the deadline for this being mid-October 2014.

Changes in the price of alcohol are a key determinant in rates of alcohol harm. In Canada, a 10% increase in average minimum alcohol prices was associated with a 32% reduction in alcohol deaths. Minimum Unit Pricing is within the competence of the Scottish Government to implement as an appropriate Public Health response to a Health crisis.
SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) is urging other member states and the European Commission to support the Scottish policy. Minimum Unit Pricing is opposed by a consortium of multi-national alcohol producers who, inaccurately, have tried to frame this as a Health v Industry issue, rather than as a vital life-saving measure.


Item Type
Conference or Workshop Item
Date
2014
Page Range
20 p.
Corporate Creators
Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems
Event Title
Scotland the brave!
Event Location
Brussels
Event Dates
5th September 2014
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Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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