Alcohol multi-buy ban has had an impact

SNP MSP Bob Doris has welcomed statistics showing the amount of alcohol sold in Scotland has fallen since the ban on multi-buy deals was introduced in October.

Mr Doris, deputy convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Health Committee, hailed statistics from retail analysts Nielsen showing the drop in sales.

And he also welcomed comments from Nielsen’s client services manager Gavin Humphreys who said “the measure has had an impact”.

In particular he praised the contrast in sales of beer - where they are down by eight per cent in Scotland but are up by one per cent in England.

Mr Doris, SNP MSP for Glasgow, said: “These early statistics show the ban on multi-buy deals is working.

“It is extremely encouraging to see wine falling by five per cent, spirits by three per cent and especially beer by eight per cent during the first eight weeks of the ban.

“This is in comparison to England, where the ban is not in place, where sales are down only slightly but sales of beer are up.

“The SNP is committed to tackling Scotland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol, which is why these statistics should be welcomed across the country.

“The multi-buy ban was to target those people who go to supermarkets for one bottle of wine and end up buying three instead due to these offers.

“This is helping us reduce alcohol over-consumption but more needs to be done. “That is why the SNP is dedicated to introduce a minimum price for a unit of alcohol so we can raise the price of the cheap supermarket white ciders, lager and value spirits.

“There is no silver-bullet solution but minimum pricing, combined with the measures already introduced, is a big step to improving our country.”