Just £1 buys enough beer to reach your daily alcohol limit

Hannah Summers reports in the Sunday Times 29th June 2014: Just £1 buys enough beer to reach your daily alcohol limit 

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….

 

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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