Labour or not, I’d support that

Sir Liam Donaldson, England’s Chief Medical Officer has proposed a minimum price of fifty pence for a unit of alcohol. This would treble the cost of beer in some cheap chains.

Clearly we need to regulate the growth of alcoholism, particularly in the form of binge drinking in our youth.

And the cry has already gone up that this is about raising more tax revenue than about curtailing an alcohol problem.

Whilst I genuinely don’t believe that’s Gordon Brown’s intention, why can’t Government raise the price but ringfence the extra revenue for alcohol cessation programmes, or better still for enhanced youth provision so that pre-teenage kids aren’t so bored that they start drinking in the first place?

Labour or not, I’d support that…

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