What can be done to prevent the misuse of alcohol?

The Scotch Whisky Industry believes that the best way of preventing the misuse of alcohol is by education in sensible and moderate drinking and that this education should start at an early age. Attempts to reduce alcohol related problems by imposing massive taxes on drink or introducing restrictions on its sale and availability only penalise the great majority who drink sensibly, without reaching the problem drinker. Where these restrictive measures have been applied they have led to social problems far worse than those they were intended to solve.

© SWA 1995