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 .