Cheap Booze

I think this might be an error:

Asda, whose offers include four bottles of wine for £5 and three alcopops for £10,

Those prices need to be inverted, surely? Now an error like that is indeed an error, but you would think that they would pick it up when laterin hte same piece we get:

Tesco, which said recently it wanted to stop aggressive discounting and called for government action, is offering eight Bacardi Breezers for £7

An article should at least be internally consistent, no?

Anyway, the rest of it is an intersting explanation (although it\’s not directly mentioned) of tax incidence. They\’ve got emails showing that the retailers are trying to get the manufacturers to eat the tax rises, rather than raising prices to the consumer. Dependent upon who has the power in the relationships, they might succeed too.

A lesson: taxes aren\’t necessarily paid by the people you desire or design them to be.

This also makes great sense:

He insisted cheap alcohol did not fuel binge drinking, adding: \’I don\’t subscribe to the point of view that price has a massive impact on social responsibility. If it did, countries like France and Spain would have similar alcohol-related social problems to those seen in the UK.\’

7 thoughts on “Cheap Booze”

  1. I remember reading somewhere that booze was already one of those known price items (like milk and bread) that supermarkets sell at a loss to get the punters in.

  2. “Because the price of alcohol is clearly the only difference between us and France and Spain…”

    .. and so it must be down to those other differences, not the price of alcohol. Perhaps Gordon Brown could announce Mediterranean weather for us (well, a target of 3500 hours of sunshine per year, to be achieved as part of the 5 Year plan for Life Balance).

    That’d fix it. It would certainly be an eye-catching initiative, and no less doomed than most of his other Five Year Plans.

  3. I live in Canada – in Canada the universal SOS is “Need Beer” Even though Canadians drink like fish they don’t have the same problem as in Britain. Booze here is cheap – but you do see the teetotallers asking for a rise of near 100% to stop ‘problem’ drinking.

    The only problem I see is that teetotallers don’t drink booze!

    With ever invasive government what else can you do?

  4. The very best value in our supermarkets is found in the fresh veg sections. But shoppers still consider it worthwhile to buy frozen ready meals, generally for good reasons related to preparation time. We are nagged, with depressing regularity, about alcohol, salt, fatty foods, snacks, refined flour and white bread, sugar, soft drinks, cigarettes, petrol, diesel, disposable nappies, and even soap powder.
    They can all get knotted. We should be reminding the government freeloaders that it is they, who are supposed to be working for us. They can all shut up and get on with their work.

  5. He insisted cheap alcohol did not fuel binge drinking

    I seem to remember a time in my life when cheap booze certainly did fuel binge drinking on my part. Having not once started a fight or commited any serious offence despite an ethanol fueled youth, I don’t see that it is anyone else business.

    Now I am older and better off, I prefer quantity to quality. Now work and family make heaving drinking impossible and age makes it seem less attractive.

    So based on my experience I think we should force people to have families at 15 to stop the epidemic.

    Second thoughts, thats been tried and it didn’t work either.

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