Minimum pricing of alcohol and multi-buy promotions
December 6, 2012 19 Comments
We are seeing a continued growth in hospital admissions and liver disease as a result of alcohol across the County. The cost of dealing with alcohol related harm in Warwickshire each year is estimated at £300million.
As part of wider reforms to tackle irresponsible drinking the government is currently consulting on a range of measures
- a ban on multi-buy promotions
- a review of the mandatory licensing conditions
- a minimum unit price of 45p
- a new health-related objective for alcohol licensing
- cutting red tape for responsible businesses
There is a formal consultation process underway (Details here: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/alcohol-consultation-launched and here http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/alcohol-consultation/)
But we also want to offer an opportunity to take part in an informal discussion through this site.
What do you think of this initiative? By raising the cost of alcohol will this stop irresponsible drinking? Will hospital admissions for liver disease as a result of alcohol drop?
Let us know your views.