The price is right?
- 10 Dec 07, 11:26 AM
Britain’s love/hate relationship with alcohol has led to many headlines over the past 12 months. 24-hour licensing has been a reality in England and Wales for two years now, binge drinking stories are often in the news, and doctors have been alarmed by the rise in the number of cases of alcohol-related illnesses.
With 15 drinking days to go until Christmas, Newsnight is making ready for Boozenight. In Thursday’s programme, we’ll debate many of the issues that have been shaping our perception of the nation’s relationship with alcohol.
But we start the discussion today. Each day we’d like to address a different area of debate online…
We begin today with cost. Last week during a Commons debate there were calls for action against supermarkets selling alcohol below cost price.
But it’s not only supermarkets. Small shops are rife with discounts and multi-buy promotions as well, and it’s not unusual to find bottles of alcohol selling for less than a bottle of water.
So, should this practice be banned? Or should booze be cheap and accessible to all? Should there be a significant increase in how much alcohol is taxed?
Start the debate now.
You can also watch the first in our series of extracts from Rain In My Heart. Click here for details.