Calls from peers for minimum unit pricing for alcohol to be rolled out across Britain if an ongoing trial in Scotland is successful are being backed by independent retailers.

Commenting, NFRN Chief Executive Paul Baxter said: “We have always believed that minimum pricing would help cut consumption among those at risk from heavy drinking as well as protecting independent news and convenience store owners who are all too often a target for anti-social behaviour fuelled by people who have got drunk on cheap alcohol.

“We welcome the calls from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 for minimum unit pricing to be rolled out nationwide if successful in Scotland. It’s our belief that such a move will reduce alcohol consumption even further as well as going some way towards helping hard pressed independent retailers compete against multiple chains on pricing.”

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