Britain’s New Strategy

Great Britain, like the United States, realizes that binge drinking does not exclude any age group or demographic.

Prime Minister David Cameron seeks to oppose his country’s problems with responsible drinking with a higher tax on alcohol, as cited by Rupert Wolfe-Murray’s article “Where is Britain’s New Alcohol Strategy”.

This tax targetsĀ irresponsibleĀ behavior in all demographics instead of targeting a specific age group.

2 Responses to “Britain’s New Strategy”

  1. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister is supporting a good policy by justifying a higher tax on alcohol. Self-regulation, as said in the article, is too weak for the companies to deal with alcohol abuse in the United Kingdom. By making alcohol more expensive, there will be less problems associated with alcohol because if it’s too easily available, problems come. The strategy being proposed in the United Kingdom is a good policy which can be adopted by any country with a government with the power to enforce.

  2. Ajax the Great Says:

    Setting a price floor in the UK is long overdue. For the past decade or so, the alcohol tax has actually been rising faster than inflation, but many supermarkets chose to continue selling cheap booze at a loss so prices for discounted off-premise liquor have actually been pretty low even as prices at pubs have been rising. The result? Drinkers of all ages have been getting sloshed on cheap supermarket booze BEFORE going out, and thus get even drunker than they would otherwise. And pubs have been losing money as well.

    So yes, Cameron, set a price floor. And the USA should probably do the same–we already do with cigarettes, and I’m pretty sure some states have a price floor for booze as well. Canada does so as well. Also worth noting is how the idea of raising the drinking age in the UK that was proposed years ago seems to be (for now) off the table.