Blog: Minimum pricing figures
Chris Mercer | 23 April 2010
Let's not get carried away with new figures on the impact of a minimum price for alcoholic drinks.
Scotland's Government has been left a touch red-faced by scientists whom it relied on to make the case for minimum pricing. The researchers have said the benefits for health and crime will be slightly less than first thought.
It turns out that the original study used old figures. It's a little embarrassing for the ruling Scottish National Party.
But, the new study still says minimum pricing can cut more than 1,000 deaths annually and it draws a direct link between a base price on drinks the amount that people drink.
So, I think it's a bit premature for talk of a "serious blow" to the policy, as one opposition politician was quoted as saying.
What's of more importance is the total confusion surrounding the SNP's Alcohol Health Bill.
All sort of measures, from a social responsibility levy and a ban on below-cost selling to outright minimum pricing, are being dangled over the drinks industry without any real timeline.
Much of the outcome will depend on which way Labour, as the second largest party in the Scottish Parliament, decides to go.
For those people looking to the Red Planet as shining utopia away from all things earth, look away now....
Bacardi's 42 Below vodka brand has found a novel way to use the lemons left over from cocktail-making: Turn them into liquid soap....
Philadelphia’s soda tax came into force on Sunday, and is reportedly causing a stir in the city's check-out aisles....
Earlier this month, I was most-kindly invited by Accolade Wines to visit the Royal Albert Hall in London. The reason? They wanted to see a tennis great in action, and then give them a guided tour thro...
- Why Scotch must drop the 'malts good, blends bad'
- Pernod's mood darkens over India - Analysis
- Soft drinks is losing the recycling game
- Heineken Q1 2017 by region - results data
- Remy Cointreau Fiscal-2017 sales - results data
- Diageo to cut 105 jobs in Scotland, 50 in Italy
- Scotch sales set to soar, despite recent struggles
- Pernod Ricard posts solid YTD sales jump - results
- Edrington shifts innovation to US in shake-up
- Pernod Ricard YTD fiscal-2017 sales performance
- Global Champagne and sparkling wine insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global Scotch insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Battle of the Generations - The fight for iGen, Millennial, Gen X and Baby Boomer consumers
- Myanmar - ISA Country Report
- Flavoured Powder Drinks in 2017: Confronting an Ageing World