Britain looks into minimum alcohol unit pricing

Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed a new minimum price per unit for alcohol. Supporters of the new law, which will propose minimum prices of 40p, 45p, or 50p per unit, argue that the new pricing measure will positively affect binge drinkers and the people around them. However, those against the proposed legislation argue that the research supporting the initiative is inconclusive and assumes that the strain on heavy drinkers’ wallets will be enough to discourage binge drinking. David Cameron continues to push ahead with the initiative.

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2 Responses to “Britain looks into minimum alcohol unit pricing”

  1. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    David Cameron is proposing a good proposal to introduce a new minimum price per unit of alcohol. In the article, a person against the proposal said that it will increase poverty among people who drink too much alcoholic beverages but I think that’s overstatement. Second, a person said that the proposal would discourage responsible drinking but responsibility should always be the way to drink alcoholic beverages. The United Kingdom’s government should make into law, the minimum price per unit of alcohol as proposed by the Prime Minister.

  2. Ajax the Great Says:

    I think this is an excellent idea, and a far better idea than raising the drinking age. Britain’s binge-drinking culture (affecting all ages, not just youth) is nothing short of outrageous, even by American standards. A price floor would also help the declining pubs because it will raise the price of cheap supermarket booze that is typically used for pre-gaming, so pubs would get more revenue. Alcohol taxes in the UK have been actually rising faster than inflation for the past decade or so, but supermarkets continue to get around that by selling cheap alcohol at a loss to attract more customers, in a race to the bottom that the overtaxed pubs can never possibly win. Minimum pricing = problem solved.