Somehow we need to ration alcohol consumption … Abuse is destroying many town centres and making them no go areas… Indirect Taxation is one way, more severe sentencing for drunks, especially when in charge of cars or violent would be another, and national pricing policy might also help… If the Regions make different legislation to England then the “frontier” issues of today (perverse incentives) will pale into insignificance as alcohol smuggling becomes big business..
THE price of alcohol has been slashed so heavily in some supermarkets that it is cheaper than mineral water, prompting experts to warn it is fuelling antisocial behaviour and health problems.
The price cuts mean consumers can drink more than their daily recommended alcohol limit for less than £1, despite demands by ministers and health officials for such offers on alcohol to stop.
Public health and crime prevention experts have written an open letter to the government — published today on The Sunday Times website — claiming it has failed to tackle the burden that cheap booze places on society.
It warns England risks being “left behind to deal with a growing burden of disease and social disorder” as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland push ahead with plans for minimum unit pricing for alcohol.
Research by Channel 4’s Dispatches found that Tesco is selling the cheapest lager at 69p a pint compared with 73p a pint for sparkling Perrier water….