The British Retail Consortium has defended retailers and supported the positive work that they have done in driving down under age drinking.
The correlation between irresponsible drinking and low priced alcohol has yet to be demonstrated. Similarly the clamp down on under-aged drinkers in licensed premises hasn't really solved the problem of under-aged drinking.
Perhaps it is time for the new Government to go back to basics and get down to finding the root causes of the problem.
Reacting to the start of the Home Office’s consultation: Rebalancing the Licensing Act, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said retailers already have a proud record as responsible sellers of alcohol.
On the subject of below-cost alcohol sales Stephen Robertson, British Retail Consortium Director General, said, "We understand the public concern regarding low-priced alcohol, although we have still seen no firm evidence of a link between price and irresponsible consumption.
“Any statutory controls imposed by the Government should not be overly bureaucratic or impinge on the vast majority of consumers who do, of course, drink responsibly.”
In response to the idea of increasing fines for selling alcohol to under-18s Stephen Robertson, British Retail Consortium Director General, said, “The scale of the fines is not the issue for supermarkets, as they’ve already got the best record of any type of retail outlet in tackling under-aged alcohol sales.”
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