On the minimum alcohol price

Of course the unit minimum price wouldn\’t solve the whole problem: some people will always set out to get drunk. But it would no longer be cheaper to get hammered and forget your troubles than it is to buy a Big Mac and sit down to talk them out with your friends. It would be a start. It would not be class-conscious, not a stealth tax: just a disincentive to those who push stronger and stronger drinks at us, replacing taste and pleasure with cheap intoxication. But the Government won\’t even consider it. Why?

Because it would be illegal. The EU says so.

Why is it so difficult for the chatterati to understand that we\’ve no longer got the power to do as they might wish?

5 comments on “On the minimum alcohol price

  1. As we have become richer, homebrewing has declined as a hobby (for example Boots, which used to be the main UK vendor, stopped selling homebrew kit completely a few years ago) so it has become more and more of a niche hobby supporting a few local stores. My brother used to do a lot of HB and his local shop in Staines completely closed its premises and went to a mail-order business plus one day a week on a market stall. Imagine my surprise when I saw the first ad I’ve seen in ages for homebrew kit in a major catalogue recently – there’s a definite investment opportunity in manufacturers and suppliers if any of them are listed, I reckon

  2. I meant to say in this that this completely gets round the minimum alcohol price but it’s driven by the recession forcing people to look for cheaper ways of getting trolleyed rather than any nonsense about disincentives

  3. Hmm, Tim, are you sure it wouldn’t be allowed? If so, under what directive(s)? It’s not been passed by conference for the Lib Dems yet, and I keep telling people it’s a bloody stupid counter productive policy, but I didn’t know it wasn’t actually possible.

    Flatcap–around here in West Yorks, not so many homebrewers. Huge number of microbrewers making a few beers to actually sell to pubs as well; you have to know your own product, right?

  4. You are perpetuating another urban myth.

    EU law does not make minimum pricing illegal, provided it does not discriminate against foreign producers. Seeing as minimum pricing probably helps foreign producers (in relative terms), that is the end of that.

  5. Legal or not it’s acrazy idea. Any one who thinks a big mac and a natter (who with pray) is the likely alternative to getting drunk is in cloud cukoo land.

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