15 March 2013

Minimum alcohol price u-turn welcome

News that the government is likely to drop plans for a minimum unit price is a welcome move - despite the predictable outcry from the medicine industry. 

There is little evidence that problem drinkers would be put off - and the only benficiaries would be the supermarkets whose profit margins would rise.  As Philip Johnson says in the Telegraph "Britain’s problem with alcohol is less a function of price than of culture".  And minimum pricing does nothing to fix that.

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