Will banning cheap booze curb binge drinking?
A minimum price level for alcohol sold in shops and bars in England and Wales could be introduced for the first time. Will these measures make any difference to the drinking culture?
Researchers at Sheffield University estimate raising the price of alcohol to a minimum of 50p per unit will cut deaths and cases of chronic illness but the Home Office is proposing to set the lowest minimum price of about 21p per unit of beer and 28p per unit of spirits.
Last year the Scottish Parliament rejected plans for a minimum price per unit of alcohol, while campaigners say the plans will have little impact on cut-price supermarket deals and will not cut binge drinking.
Should the government set the price of alcohol? Do these proposals go far enough or will the price rise simply penalise responsible drinkers? Is excessive drinking a result of low prices?
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