Doctors warn that the minimum price for alcohol will have ‘no effect’



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The Government’s new minimum alcohol price was very low Doctor’s say it would have ‘no effect’ on the nation’s wellbeing.
The new system allows lager to be sold as little as 38p a can and wine for £2 a bottle. The minimum price of vodka could be sold from £10.71 a litre, cider just 40p a litre and whiskey at £8 for a 70cl bottle.
The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives promised ‘We will ban the sale of alcohol below cost price.’
Chairman of the UK Health Alliance, Professor Ian Gilmore, said: ‘To bring in a measure that we know in practice will have no effect at all on the health of this nation I think is disappointing.
‘It’s a step in the right direction, but I have to say it’s an extremely small step. It’ll have no impact whatsoever on the vast majority of cheap drinks sold, for example, in supermarkets.’
Due to such low alcohol prices, alcohol is blamed for Britain’s ill health and increasing violence.
However, a, professor of public health at Sheffield University, Petra Meier said, ‘We predict to see about 21 deaths saved and about 2,400 hospitals admissions saved, compared with say a 50p unit price, where you would save around 3,000 deaths and 39,000 hospital admissions.’
James Brokenshire, a Home Office Minister stated the policy would stop around 7,000 crimes a year – 2,000 of them violent.
Research from the Home Office showed that increasing the price of alcohol would reduce harm to society.
65 per cent agreed to the statement of a survey found stating that, ‘the amount people drink in this country is out of control’.

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