Conservative alcohol policy

The call last week by the British Medical Association (BMA) for an outright ban on alcohol advertising appeared to have little support in political circles or the media. Most crucially for the industry, it was rejected out of hand by the Conservative Party. With the Tories a racing certainty to take power in the next General Election, Ben Cooper casts an eye over Conservative thinking on alcohol policy.

Focus - Alcohol advertising safe in Tory hands

17 September 2009

The call last week by the British Medical Association (BMA) for an outright ban on alcohol advertising appeared to have little support in political circles or the media. Most crucially for the industry, it was rejected out of hand by the Conservative Party. With the Tories a racing certainty to take power in the next General Election, Ben Cooper casts an eye over Conservative thinking on alcohol policy.

UK: Scottish alcohol plans to face legal challenges

16 September 2009

Plans to set minimum prices on drinks, restrict promotions and charge companies a "social responsibility" fee will face legal challenges if the Scottish Government attempts to implement them.

UK: Competition regulator against minimum pricing on alcohol

11 September 2009

The head of the UK's Office of Fair Trading has spoken out against minimum pricing, as just-drinks understands from sources that the regulator has objected to a minimum price on alcohol in Scotland.

UK: Doctors call for hardline stance on alcohol

8 September 2009

A ban on alcohol advertising, shorter licensing hours, minimum prices and a tax on the industry to fund education on alcohol abuse are four key measures needed to tackle excess drinking in the UK, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said.

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