Call for minimum alcohol pricing

South Wales Argus: Minimum per-unit alcohol pricing could help problem drinkers, say doctors. Minimum per-unit alcohol pricing could help problem drinkers, say doctors.

Failure to introduce a minimum price for a unit of alcohol in England and Wales is "damaging the most vulnerable in society", leading doctors have said.

The introduction of a minimum price could have "far-reaching benefits", the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said.

The RCP said a lcohol-related deaths and hospital admissions are still rising but alcohol policy "appears to have been derogated to the regions".

In October, David Cameron insisted he has not given up on the idea of setting a minimum per-unit price for alcohol despite shelving the policy in the summer.

The measure was left out of the Government's plans to combat problem drinking in July, despite having been vocally championed by the Prime Minister.

It sparked claims that he had been influenced by his party's election strategist, Australian lobbyist Lynton Crosby, whose firm is reported to have represented drinks giants.

Speaking ahead of an RCP conference on the harms of alcohol, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, the RCP's special adviser on alcohol, said that a minimum price per unit would not disadvantage moderate drinkers The conference, which is also being hosted by the British Society of Gastroenterology and the British Association for the Study of the Liver, will outline the benefits of introducing such a policy.

Sir Ian, who is also president of the British Society of Gastroenterology, said: "There is accumulating evidence that UK Government's failure to implement an evidence-based alcohol strategy is damaging the most vulnerable in society.

"Individuals, families and communities are suffering harms that could be reversed by policies like a minimum unit price, which do not disadvantage moderate drinkers but have far-reaching benefits for those that suffer most."

Dr Mark Hudson, p resident of the British Association for the Study of the Liver, said: " The evidence suggests that minimum unit pricing works and this would be the most practical way of reducing heavy alcohol consumption and reducing alcohol-related deaths."

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9:46am Mon 9 Dec 13

On the inside says...

It is more than an important health issue, it will also arrest the decline in pubs as this will have no impact at all on pub prices (apart from silly 'offers' that should be banned anyway) and will help restore local pubs to communities.
It is more than an important health issue, it will also arrest the decline in pubs as this will have no impact at all on pub prices (apart from silly 'offers' that should be banned anyway) and will help restore local pubs to communities. On the inside

11:35am Mon 9 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

"In October, David Cameron insisted he has not given up on the idea of setting a minimum per-unit price for alcohol despite shelving the policy in the summer."

Call-me-Dave will have to set the minimum price of alcohol quite high if he wants to stop the likes of his next-door neighbour and Chancellor, George Gideon Osborne quaffing £1,000 bottles of champagne at his Party's conferences. Then again, maybe wanton drunkenness is only a sin when poorer people do it and minimum pricing will mean we just end up with a better class of drunk. Away the Bullingdon Boys, eh!?;)
"In October, David Cameron insisted he has not given up on the idea of setting a minimum per-unit price for alcohol despite shelving the policy in the summer." Call-me-Dave will have to set the minimum price of alcohol quite high if he wants to stop the likes of his next-door neighbour and Chancellor, George Gideon Osborne quaffing £1,000 bottles of champagne at his Party's conferences. Then again, maybe wanton drunkenness is only a sin when poorer people do it and minimum pricing will mean we just end up with a better class of drunk. Away the Bullingdon Boys, eh!?;) Katie Re-Registered

12:34pm Mon 9 Dec 13

arjwain says...

never mind upping the price ..only the mp's benefit from that .
plus the the amount they can give away for free .#stop these local shops selling it ..ban them
if you ask any any underage drinker were they got there drinks .its the local corner shop .
very rare its the big super markets .
never mind upping the price ..only the mp's benefit from that . plus the the amount they can give away for free .#stop these local shops selling it ..ban them if you ask any any underage drinker were they got there drinks .its the local corner shop . very rare its the big super markets . arjwain

1:25pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
"In October, David Cameron insisted he has not given up on the idea of setting a minimum per-unit price for alcohol despite shelving the policy in the summer."

Call-me-Dave will have to set the minimum price of alcohol quite high if he wants to stop the likes of his next-door neighbour and Chancellor, George Gideon Osborne quaffing £1,000 bottles of champagne at his Party's conferences. Then again, maybe wanton drunkenness is only a sin when poorer people do it and minimum pricing will mean we just end up with a better class of drunk. Away the Bullingdon Boys, eh!?;)
So does Clagg, so does Millipede. I thought you Trot class warriors hated them all equally. But well done for several sentences without a "phobia" or "ism" in sight.
Anyway I await information about the far greater damage which is done to the population of France & Spain by the very much cheaper booze there. But I'll not hold my breath. To publish those figures would make you a hate figure for all the health fascists and no doubt described as a "looney right winger" by the BBC
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: "In October, David Cameron insisted he has not given up on the idea of setting a minimum per-unit price for alcohol despite shelving the policy in the summer." Call-me-Dave will have to set the minimum price of alcohol quite high if he wants to stop the likes of his next-door neighbour and Chancellor, George Gideon Osborne quaffing £1,000 bottles of champagne at his Party's conferences. Then again, maybe wanton drunkenness is only a sin when poorer people do it and minimum pricing will mean we just end up with a better class of drunk. Away the Bullingdon Boys, eh!?;)[/p][/quote]So does Clagg, so does Millipede. I thought you Trot class warriors hated them all equally. But well done for several sentences without a "phobia" or "ism" in sight. Anyway I await information about the far greater damage which is done to the population of France & Spain by the very much cheaper booze there. But I'll not hold my breath. To publish those figures would make you a hate figure for all the health fascists and no doubt described as a "looney right winger" by the BBC Dai Rear

3:57pm Mon 9 Dec 13

whatintheworld says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Katie Re-Registered wrote: "In October, David Cameron insisted he has not given up on the idea of setting a minimum per-unit price for alcohol despite shelving the policy in the summer." Call-me-Dave will have to set the minimum price of alcohol quite high if he wants to stop the likes of his next-door neighbour and Chancellor, George Gideon Osborne quaffing £1,000 bottles of champagne at his Party's conferences. Then again, maybe wanton drunkenness is only a sin when poorer people do it and minimum pricing will mean we just end up with a better class of drunk. Away the Bullingdon Boys, eh!?;)
So does Clagg, so does Millipede. I thought you Trot class warriors hated them all equally. But well done for several sentences without a "phobia" or "ism" in sight. Anyway I await information about the far greater damage which is done to the population of France & Spain by the very much cheaper booze there. But I'll not hold my breath. To publish those figures would make you a hate figure for all the health fascists and no doubt described as a "looney right winger" by the BBC
so spain and germany have lower prices, but better health. great.

its obviously a culture problem we have here (duuh).

how would you allievate it?

while minimum prices wont stop binge drinking, it would go some way in curving excess drinking.

i agree it doesnt solve the problem, but frankly, we're too far down the track to do anything about it now.

would you support banning alcohol ads on tv?
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: "In October, David Cameron insisted he has not given up on the idea of setting a minimum per-unit price for alcohol despite shelving the policy in the summer." Call-me-Dave will have to set the minimum price of alcohol quite high if he wants to stop the likes of his next-door neighbour and Chancellor, George Gideon Osborne quaffing £1,000 bottles of champagne at his Party's conferences. Then again, maybe wanton drunkenness is only a sin when poorer people do it and minimum pricing will mean we just end up with a better class of drunk. Away the Bullingdon Boys, eh!?;)[/p][/quote]So does Clagg, so does Millipede. I thought you Trot class warriors hated them all equally. But well done for several sentences without a "phobia" or "ism" in sight. Anyway I await information about the far greater damage which is done to the population of France & Spain by the very much cheaper booze there. But I'll not hold my breath. To publish those figures would make you a hate figure for all the health fascists and no doubt described as a "looney right winger" by the BBC[/p][/quote]so spain and germany have lower prices, but better health. great. its obviously a culture problem we have here (duuh). how would you allievate it? while minimum prices wont stop binge drinking, it would go some way in curving excess drinking. i agree it doesnt solve the problem, but frankly, we're too far down the track to do anything about it now. would you support banning alcohol ads on tv? whatintheworld

4:19pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Llanmartinangel says...

I'm still struggling with the logic of penalising responsible people to get at the reckless binge boozers.
I'm still struggling with the logic of penalising responsible people to get at the reckless binge boozers. Llanmartinangel

1:46pm Tue 10 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
I'm still struggling with the logic of penalising responsible people to get at the reckless binge boozers.
Come on - the lowest common denominator is how a lot of law is formulated.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: I'm still struggling with the logic of penalising responsible people to get at the reckless binge boozers.[/p][/quote]Come on - the lowest common denominator is how a lot of law is formulated. GardenVarietyMushroom

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