Alcohol minimum pricing ‘could be illegal’ under EU law

By Mike Stones

- Last updated on GMT

A costly question: would a minium price per unit of alcohol deter younger drinkers?
A costly question: would a minium price per unit of alcohol deter younger drinkers?
Government plans to introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol in England and Wales could be illegal under EU law, according to the trade group, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

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Do you believe a minimum price per unit of alcohol would help to remedy over consumption?

  • Yes definitely - it should be 50p a unit

    12%
  • Yes but a price of 40p a unit would be more appropriate

    3%
  • No: minimum pricing will not remedy excessive drinking

    82%
  • Don't know

    3%

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2 comments

No to alcohol minimum pricing

Posted by Amanda Farmer,

There should be a national petition against this.

I drink moderately (enjoying a bottle of wine with our meal at weekends) and I am finding things hard as prices just keep going up.

Those addicted to alcohol will continue to drink whatever the price. It is a cultural issue that has to be dealt with like obesity.

Alcohol consumption has consistently gone down, so why is it being targeted? Talking to friends, we feel helpless about getting our voices heard.

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Ridiculous

Posted by Peter Richard Crolla,

This proposal has got to be a joke. This will not curb excessive drinking and anyone who thinks that it will obviously lives in a world of his or her own.

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