SHAAP calls on Scottish MPs to maintain alcohol duty escalator

SHAAP and Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) have written an open letter to all Scottish MPs urging them to support keeping the alcohol duty escalator in order to save lives and reduce the substantial burden of harm in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

"Alcohol is a risky substance. It is associated with a substantial burden of harm in Scotland and the rest of the UK. If we value our health, well-being, and safeguarding our communities from high levels of alcohol harm, then economic growth of the alcohol industry cannot be prioritised at any cost. The duty escalator is, in our view, an appropriate and fair means of controlling the affordability of alcohol that is beneficial to society, public health and public finances. We hope that Scottish MPs will join us in calling for the duty escalator to be maintained."

Click here to see the letter in full.


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