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.