It believes the plans, which could also include the setting of minimum alcohol prices and specially designated alcohol areas, are not based on any evidence and fail to properly tackle the problem of alcohol misuse.
SRC director Fiona Moriarty said: "Instead of addressing alcohol misuse as the complex social issue that it is, the government has decided to impose a series of dubious but headline-grabbing restrictions on the off-licence trade. What this decision will do is throw up an expensive practical snare for a lot of retailers."
Meanwhile, leaked information from the Competition Commission (CC) investigation into the groceries market suggests it will not force supermarkets to stop selling alcohol at below cost. The CC is thought to have decided that ordering supermarkets to accept minimum prices for selling alcohol would be too unpopular with shoppers.