Cheap Booze: Ministers To Reveal Curb Plans
Cut-price alcohol deals could be banned as the Government prepares to outline proposals to curb binge drinking.
An end to bulk-buy discounts could also be on the cards as the Home Office launches a public consultation on the minimum price, thought to range from 40p to 50p per unit of alcohol.
At a unit price of 50p, the cheapest bottle of wine would rise in cost from around £3 to just under £5.
But Emily Robinson, of Alcohol Concern, said the "pocket-money prices" charged for booze have a long-term cost for the nation's health.
"Young people say it is cheaper to get drunk than go to the cinema," she said.
"So this is a measure that will target that group of people. It won't affect moderate drinkers much at all.
"And this is already costing us money. As taxpayers we are paying for the high costs in terms of policing, admissions to A&E and councils that have to clear up the mess."
Researchers at the University of Sheffield have studied the effect of setting a minimum price.
Charging at least 50p a unit would reduce the number of crimes by 42,500 in the first year.
After 10 years the policy would have prevented 15,000 deaths and 481,000 hospital admissions.
And it would save £9.7bn in its first decade, the research shows.
But the Wine and Spirit Trade Association said there was no "real world" evidence that minimum pricing would work.
Spokesman Miles Beale said the measure was unfair.
"Minimum pricing is not targeted at all," he said. "The vast majority of us are responsible drinkers but it will apply to us nonetheless.
"If a minimum price of 50p was introduced then 74% of products on supermarket shelves would go up in price."
what do you think?
I would like to know where one can find a £3 bottle of wine. This is not going to affect youngsters who binge drink but will find the money somewhere, somehow, even cutting down on food. It will affec the poorer parts of the population, including pensioners, who simply want a quiet drink with the Sunday roast. Once again, politicins look for a simple answer that wn't solve the problem, while punishing the innocent!
Aldi and its called Grapevine do not go for the white but the red is OK
Just another tax
Its the cheap white cider the kids manage to buy that needs targeting.
Dead right Shaun, and how are you coping with the flood damage ?
Raise such prices as super tennents and white lightning that all no gooders and young people seem to drink. I bet that would help some way.
Firstly, let me say that neither I nor my wife are binge drinkers, We do, however, enjoy a glass of wine with dinner occasionally, and on high days and holidays we might even go as far as a glass of sherry or port. This makes us members of the responsible majority who will pay the price for the excesses of binge drinkers. Except that we have decided not to pay. If this idiotic notion goes ahead, my demijohns will come out of the loft and I will go back to home brewing. If a great many others take the same action, Exchequer revenue will fall. If binge drinkers go for home brewing, they will be able to drink more, more often, for much lower cost. How does this help anyone?
" How " ? It is part of a plan to encourage you to make do with less and spread the wealth ( of all European civilisation ) across the third world. Like most grand schemes, it will not quite turn out as planned.
Martin. I have seen the effect of home brew available 24/7 and it aint pretty believe me
No offence mate, but if you do only consume the amount you say, how much worse off per year are you going to be?
Take it you are tea total Christos
He's a total something !
why not drop the prices at the cinema. not increase the price of booze. not many people who work for a living can afford to drink, perhaps if the government looked closer they would find its mostly people on benefits who can afford it.
I have until now taken the stance that the responsible drinker will be unfairly hit by these measures. However, listening more carefully to the news and running through some figures (ie pence per unit) I have concluded that the evil strong white cider, along with vodka, and not the wine and beer, will be the main casualties. But the fact remains that they are primarily raising extra revenue while lacking the courage to tackle the real issue of discipline in today's society.
Stewgwyn. Lets hope so. It is crazy that a cheap bottle of vodka costs less than 3 pints of beer in some places
A remarkable exercise in modern statistical calculations known as " reverse arithmetic " !. Decide on the desired answer you are looking for. 2 Select a calculation to give that result 3 Choose the Random figures needed to support your calcution Well done Sheffield University and Up the Bilderburgers !!
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What a shot across the bows that one is.
HERE we go again big brother sticking it's nose in Fags apparently are a£7 + for twenty but plenty of kids smoke so price does not stop them . I have also hear this morning that they looking at putting up the price of parking to make us all walk more Well yes we probably will by walking away from shops in the ever more beleaguered town centers and high streets When will the law makers join the rest of us in the real world
The smokers are smoking mainly smuggled cigarettes now, they buy their tax-free fags at the local black market "tab house" .
John. What did our clever politicians expect. High prices make people look elsewhere, its not rocket science
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You are correct. I live 100 yards from the local small shop, and every kid that comes past has a fag in his/her mouth, plus the inevitable bottle is being swigged around between them. I know as I get the rubbish dumped in my garden time after time. Sticking the price up wont stop the youth getting plastered at home before they hit the nightclubs. Its a da...** site cheaper that way as the clubs are expensive government has got it wrong again
Bringing House of Commons bar brices into line with those on the high street would be a good start
Better still, close all bars in the Palace of Westminster and breathalyse everyone before they go in, thereby avoiding rowdy scenes such as PM`s question time.
How will this work? Will it mean more money for Osborne or more money for the supermarkets? Perhaps the latter as Morrisons seem to support the move.
Ultimately it will mean more money for those countries who receive aid.
This country is a joke they don't want people to stop drinking and smoking they make to much on tax so they can send it all abroad
MORE TAX TAX TAX TAX
what is worse for society drink or drugs..alcoholics in G.B per head 1 in 10.000...drug addicts 1 in 500 and going up.drug lords smuggle drugs into G.B ..THIS WILL RESULT IN THE SAME THING FOR DRINK.. REMEMBER alkies get drunk and most fall asleep or just fall down...junkies get high run out money and rob and steal..,,people murdered for drink in G B a year 100. murdered for drugs ???????thousands i bet...
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I remember when the licensing laws were liberalised that we were told by the govt that because of the longer hours people would not swill down as much booze as possible because there was much more time to drink in a relaxed manner. We were told this would reduce tdrastically the number of drunks being turfed onto our streets at 10.45pm. It was twaddle then and it is twaddle now
Another smack in the mouth for responsible drinkers. Those who want to binge drink will do so regardless of cost.
I would challenge Sheffield University on their findings this is ill conceived thinking