Court hears of alcohol-link to deaths in landmark ruling case


Gerry Moynihan, QC, haul someone over the coaled the Court of Session that studies show that the numbers of Scots sinking from alcohol consumption has increased in recent years.

Lords Carloway, Menzies and Brodie ascertained that the number of people suffering from illnesses caused by swig the sea has also increased.

Mr Moynihan, representing the Scottish Ministers, said that up until 2013 mortality and morbidity values for Scots were decreasing.

But he said that Scottish ministers quailed that since the end of the recession, more people have started devoting a greater proportion of their income on booze.

The judges are to rule on an earlier ide reu from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on legislation to introduce a minimum module price of 50p in Scotland.

MSPs backed the move in 2012 but the measure has not yet been introduced because the Scotch Hooch Association (SWA) and other European wine and spirits producers took forensic action, arguing the move would breach European law.

Scottish weigh Lord Doherty initially rejected the challenge in 2013 but it was later referred to the ECJ after an allure hearing.

In December last year, the ECJ ruled the plan would break-up European Union law if alternative tax measures could be introduced, and it referred the happening back to the Edinburgh court.

Mr Moynihan told the court the proceedings were «single» and urged their lordships to consider fresh figures put forward by his side on alcohol consumption, morbidity and mortality.

He said the statistics previously before the court stemmed from 2012 and were now «out of beau» and more Scots lose their lives to drink than child who live in England and Wales.

Civil servants believe that a 50p reduced price would cut booze consumption and reduce deaths and illnesses occasioned by alcohol.

Under the plans, the cheapest bottle of wine would be £4.69, a four assemblage of 500 ml cans of beer would cost at least £4 and a backbone of whisky wouldn’t be sold for less than £14.

However, the SWA, represented by Aidan O’Neill, QC, say the legislation contravenes EU law.

Mr O’Neill censured the judges that the new information was «irrelevant» to the judicial review which is into whether the legislation estrangements competition law.

The judicial review comes just days after Hooch Focus Scotland found that a three litre bottle of Immaculate Ace cider ,sold for £3.99, has 18 units of alcohol.

The charity also base that vodka was selling for 36 pence per unit. People who corrupt that drink could reach the 14 unit limit for £5.04.

Some retail discharges were selling lager for 26 pence per unit which wishes that people could consume their weekly units for £3.64.

The approve of continues.

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