According to the Guardian, a minimum price for alcoholic drinks is on the cards… and it might be more than 40 pence per unit!
The government claim it’s to tackle binge drinking. But you’d have to be pretty dense to swallow that one whole. Sure, there is a problem with some people “pre-loading” with a bottle of vodka or something before they hit the town. But these drinkers aren’t going to be affected by this minimum price. They’ll still be buying their Smirnoff or whatever. It’s the poor who will be really affected by this. It’s those on fixed incomes who buy the “budget booze” – and a 40p per unit minimum price will make the supermarkets’ cheapest vodka cost £11.20 a bottle. Not a problem for most folk, but a pretty drastic hike for those on fixed incomes – those who could really do with a drink after all the other crap that’s been thrown at them by our Con-Lib government.
Oh, and before anyone says this plan will help stop underage drinking – well duh! there’s already a way to stop that. It’s called enforce the laws we already have. In the UK it is illegal to sell booze to anyone under 18, and most places ask to see ID of any alcohol customer who looks under 25. Hitting poor adults in the pocket is no solution to the problem of children drinking.
Come on, Cameron, give us all a break! You want to take benefits away from the poor, now you want to make it impossible for them to even have a drink more than once a month. The figures being bandied about might seem small change to those who aren’t poor. But believe me, this will make a big difference to a lot of people!