Derby shops 'selling alcohol for 15p per unit'

Trading standards officers bought alcohol from 39 stores

Related Stories

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.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Derby


301 Moved Permanently

Moved Permanently

The document has moved here.


Copyright © 2018 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.