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Minimum alcohol pricing - a good idea?

29 Mar 2012 11:10

As you probably spotted in the media last week, the Government has just announced its alcohol strategy and one of their measures is the introduction of a minimum price of 40p per unit of alcohol sold.

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Re: Minimum alcohol pricing - a good idea?

29 Mar 2012 12:02 in response to Moderator Sarah

It would be nice if it will help, though sadly I doubt it. Drinkers would just "move" their budgets. I know some alcohol dependents and I know that it will not stop them. There are many drinkers on well over the national average wage where the minimum charge would not make the slightest of difference to their out going. People on lower incomes would go without other basics.  I think it was said that this would make a £12.00 a year difference to light casual drinkers and £250.00 on the heavier drinkers. Is that really enough??

Re: Minimum alcohol pricing - a good idea?

29 Mar 2012 20:31 in response to Moderator Sarah

I smoked for 43 years even though I knew it was harming my health, I tried many times to stop without success.  Then I split up with my ex partner, retirement was approaching and for the first time in my life I knew I would have to pay all my bills on a single pension.  I stopped smoking almost within weeks of living alone as I knew there was no way I could afford it any longer.  It was the best thing (healthwise) that I have ever done and I am still pleased to say I haven't smoked now for 8 years.

On the other hand I do struggle for money, only have a little holiday when invited to go with one of my sons and their families and hardly ever have meals out or nights out.   Once a week I buy a bottle of red wine, it is my only treat.  I don't even go out for coffee as that is now too expensive.  Friday night for me is Gardeners World and a couple of glasses of wine (I know...sad or what) he..he I actualy love it..

I can see the reason for stopping those who are putting their health at risk from alchol...but what about the moderate hard up drinker?  No one seems to give them a thought.

Maggie