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Minimum pricing: one week left to respond to Alcohol Strategy consultation

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Licensees have just over a week to respond to the consultation on the Government’s Alcohol Strategy, which includes proposals for a minimum unit price for alcohol of 45p.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced the Alcohol Strategy in early 2012, saying that binge drinking is “one of the scandals of our society” and promising to tackle the problem with a range of measures, including minimum pricing.

Other proposals put forward by the Government include a ban on multi-buy drinks promotions in the off-trade; a review of mandatory licensing conditions to ensure that they are sufficiently targeting problems such as irresponsible promotions in pubs and clubs; introducing health as a licensing objective for cumulative impact policies; and cutting red tape for responsible businesses.

The Government estimates that, over ten years, a minimum price of 45p per unit will lead to a reduction in alcohol unit consumption of 3.3%, a reduction in crime of 5,240 per year, a 24,600 reduction in alcohol-related hospital admissions and 714 fewer deaths per year.

The consultation was launched in November and ends next Wednesday (6 February). To respond visit http://bit.ly/11aArfm .

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