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Call for 50p a unit minimum price – Alcohol Health Alliance

 The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) has called on the Government to set a minimum alcohol price of 50p per unit to tackle ”head on” the problems caused by cheap drink and protect the next generation. AHA says the minimum unit price tariff would target the heaviest drinkers who harm themselves and others around them – especially children.

A child who lives with a problem drinker is vulnerable to neglect, violence and abuse, and a significant number of child protection cases are linked to alcohol.

The Government’s alcohol strategy (published earlier this year) suggests there should be a 40p minimum alcohol unit price in England and Wales to stop binge-drinking on cheap drinks.

A 50p per unit rate has already been agreed in Scotland and is due to take effect next April but is subject to a legal challenge by opponents to the scheme.

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About Paul Hooper, WCC (575 Articles)
Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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