The SBPA (Scottish Beer & Pub Association) has today responded to the Scottish Government’s new alcohol strategy, titled ‘Alcohol Framework 2018: Preventing Harm – next steps on changing our relationship with alcohol’.
Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association, said:
“The SBPA and its members are committed to working with all stakeholders to continue to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. We believe partnership working is a key element to this and we are pleased this is recognised in the refreshed strategy.
“However, it is important that measures are targeted and proportionate to ensure Scotland’s pubs continue to flourish. Encouraging investment and innovation in non-alcohol and lower-strength beers and other drinks is also an important way to support those seeking to moderate their consumption
“In its strategy, the Scottish Government has suggested it is considering options for mandatory restrictions on alcohol marketing in Scotland. As an industry, there is already a robust system of self-regulation in place, through the ASA and Portman Group codes and drinking among young persons continues to decline.
“In Scotland, our industry supports nearly 60,000 jobs and contributes £1.73bn to the economy – it is also a crucial part of the nation’s tourism offer, with a visit to a traditional pub ranking third on the list of things tourists do when they visit. For these reasons, we are committed to working in partnership with the Scottish Government to support our vital sector, whilst continuing to foster a culture of responsible drinking in Scotland.”