Scottish & Newcastle has attacked the supermarket sector for encouraging irresponsible drinking by selling beer and cider at low cost, and even below cost. It levels the accusation in a submission to the Competition Commission which is investigating the grocery market. It said there was not firm anecdotal evidence that drinkers were consuming cheap alcohol at home before crossing over into the on-trade for a night out, and then topping up at pubs or bars. The Scottish smoking ban, which is being extended to the rest of Britain, meant demand for home consumption would increase, it said. The brewer’s decision to break ranks will surprise many in the retail industry. The Sunday Times (Business) 30/07/06 page 2 The Sunday Telegraph (Business) 30/07/06 page 2