Critics condemn minimum price for booze

January 19, 2015


Supermarkets will be barred from selling booze for less than a new ‘minimum price’. The news revealed by ministers has been welcomed by health chiefs and advocates of the cause. However, the minimum price for beer is a tiny 38p and a bottle of wine is a mere £2.44. This has angered critics who say that they have set the price so low it may as well be meaningless.

The price is supposed to target the irresponsible selling of alcohol which has been accused of fuelling binge drinking in society. However this pricing system of not allowing supermarkets to sell alcohol for less than duty plus VAT still means that supermarkets can sell cans of beer for less than fizzy juice. Campaigners urged the government to introduce a minimum pricing of 50p per unit of alcohol. This would probably have had a bigger impact than the scheme released today.

Whether or not the price of alcohol will make a difference to the binge drinking culture in Britain is a highly contested argument. Either way we probably won’t find out just yet as 38p for a can isn’t out of most people reach.


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