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The Telegraph reported this week that the Government is drawing up plans to impose a minimum price per alcohol unit as a means to counter ‘binge drinking’. The plan could mirror Scotland’s currently policy, with all alcoholic drinks having to be sold at a price that averages 45p per alcoholic unit. The intent of the measures is shown by the quote carried in the piece from a ‘well placed source’. “The minimum price is really designed to push up the cheapest alcohol prices, which cause the most damage, rather than an across-the-board rise. The Prime Minister is very concerned about protecting traditional pubs”. This is all rather wearisome. Such a measure would indeed drive up prices for the cheapest drinks, so hurting those on small incomes who just want a relaxing drink.

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