Derby shops 'selling alcohol for 15p per unit'

Trading standards officers bought alcohol from 39 stores

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Trading standards officers in Derby have found some shops selling alcohol for as little as 15p per unit.

They bought alcohol from 39 stores ranging from supermarkets to small off-licenses.

The move follows concerns about the effects of cheap alcohol on people's health, anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder.

Currently Derby is the worst city in the East Midlands for alcohol-related hospital admissions.

'Binge culture'

Councillor Chris Poulter, of Derby City Council, said: "There's a growing trend for people to get 'loaded-up' as they call it on cheap alcohol before they hit the town centre and that has a knock-on effect on their behaviour and activities later on in the night."

Gerri Mortimer, a liver nurse specialist at Royal Derby Hospital, added: "The cheaper the drink, the more it leads to binge culture and we have evidence to suggest that binge-drinking can in later life lead to alcohol abuse."

The government's chief medical officer has recommended a minimum charge of 50p per unit.

But trading standards officers in Derby found vodka being sold for 43p per unit, wine for 22p a unit and cider retailing at 15p a unit.

The council now plans to send its findings to the government as part of a consultation on local licensing.

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