Alcohol ‘proof’ is damning for mean-spirited premises

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REVELLERS in East Dunbartonshire are being short-changed more often than not when they order spirits.

That was the shocking conclusion of a report by the Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards after 334 samples of hand-poured drinks were tested across Scotland.

Nationwide 44 per cent of drinks came up short, while in East Dunbartonshire the figure shot up to a sobering 60 per cent.

It is thought that poor staff training was to blame in the majority of cases rather than deliberate deception - with many drinks also being over-poured.

The publicans have now been issued with written guidance on how to ensure that correct measures are dispensed, as well as being told to pour drinks in clear sight of the customer.

Further test purchases will be carried out in East Dunbartonshire and repeat offenders can expect to be reported to the procurator fiscal if they continue to flout the law.

Councillor Amanda Stewart, convener of East Dunbartonshire Council’s housing and community services committee, said: “The results of the project are very disappointing and highlight the need for local authorities to carry out this type of work.

“It is a matter of concern that only a small proportion of the measures taken were accurate.

“For health and safety reasons as well as the obvious reasons of fair measure, local consumers need to have confidence in the accuracy of all types of alcohol that is supplied in licensed premises.

“We hope that this campaign has highlighted to licensees that it is their responsibility to make sure that accurate measures are being served on their premises.”

If you have a concern about any issue relating to services or goods, call East Dunbartonshire Council’s Trading Standards Service on 0141 578 8813 or e-mail trading.standards@eastdunbarton.gov.uk