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Published on February 23rd, 2012 | by Dean Carr


Below cost alcohol to be illegal from April 6th

A ban on the sale of alcohol below a minimum price will be introduced in England and Wales from 6 April 2012. Shops and bars will not be able to sell drinks for less than the tax paid on them, a move the government says will cut crime.

During a visit to Newcastle, Mr Cameron said the level of drunkenness in the UK was a “scandal” and that supermarkets, bars and the drinks industry should do more to help the situation.

A Newcastle University study, published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, concluded the ban would not have a substantial effect on the overall price sold in shops, because hardly any alcohol is currently sold at such low prices. Newcastle University Researchers visited 29 city stores and found 2,000 alcohol promotions on offer . They found that only 2% were at below-cost price.

The Government is due to publish a new alcohol strategy later this year.


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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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