Jenny Willott MP welcomes minimum alcohol price proposals

December 3, 2012 2:05 PM

Jenny Willott MP welcomes minimum alcohol price proposals

Cardiff Central MP Jenny Willott has welcomed today's announcement by the Government of a proposed minimum price of 45p a unit for the sale of alcohol in England and Wales.

The Home Office has launched a 10-week consultation as part of a drive to tackle problem drinking, and will also consider banning multi-buy promotions, such as two-for-the-price-of-one.

Commenting, Jenny Willott said:

"In 2010, a staggering 8,790 people died as a result of excessive drinking, an increase of 26.7% over just 10 years before. There were 1.2 million alcohol-related hospital admissions in 2010/11, and almost half of all violent crime is carried out by people under the influence of alcohol.

"We need to do much more to tackle this problem - alcohol abuse is not only destroying the lives of individuals and families, it is also a huge burden on society as a whole.

"These measures are not about stopping responsible drinking but designed to tackle the minority who cause alcohol-related crime and disorder in our local communities, as we see each weekend in Cardiff.

"This is something I feel very strongly about and have been calling for action on for years. I am delighted that the Government is proposing to introduce a minimum price for alcohol, and encourage as many people as possible to contribute to the consultation to ensure we get this vital policy right."

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