Introducing minimum pricing for alcohol would lead to 860 fewer deaths a year and 29,900 fewer hospital admissions among heavy-drinkers while having only a slight effect on moderate drinkers, according to research into the policy’s impact.
The study, from Sheffield University, predicts that making stronger drinks more expensive, through a price of 45p per unit of alcohol, would impact those who drink most heavily and are on low incomes. They would reduce their drinking and reap a health benefit, with fewer alcohol-related deaths and illness.
It’s illegal under EU law which makes it a rather quixotic fight that they’re having here. And it’s also incredibly stupid. Why do they want to protect the profit margins of the people who make and retail low value booze?
If you want booze to be more expensive, and I agree that doing so would cut consumption, then tax it more, don’t insist that there’s no price competition going on.
Just why is it that these tossers are being so stupid?