Published on February 17th, 2012 | by Dean Carr
Alcohol Pricing Review
Despite earlier doubts, the Prime Minister David Cameron appears to be moving towards an alcohol pricing review for England, following similar reviews in Scotland and Ireland.
The move follows huge discounts for alcohol at supermarkets and convenience stores, which is being blamed for binge drinking, which in turn has a huge impact on accident and emergency wards of hospitals.
He said “We need to take action right across the board. We also need to look at the issue of pricing. This is a national problem.”
The prime minister is examining Scottish moves to outlaw the sale of alcohol at less than 45p a unit, as well as a plan to link taxes on drinks to their strength.
Ian Gilmore, the Royal College of Physicians’ special adviser on alcohol and the chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said Cameron “rightly identifies cheap drink as a major factor and I encourage him to join Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland in meeting this head on with a minimum unit price for alcohol”.
Other more radical idea’s to solve this problem includes a “drinking licence” which would be taken away if the user is convicted of alcohol related crimes.