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Ban on pub promotions

4th December 2008

Health Secretary Alan Johnson and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith have unveiled a ban on 'all you can drink' promotions in pubs and bars.

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The ruling is among a range of new measures supported by a £4.5 million crackdown on alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder.

The move follows an independent review which showed that many retailers were not abiding by their own voluntary standards for responsible selling and marketing of alcohol.

A new mandatory code of practice will set out compulsory licensing conditions for all alcohol retailers and will give licensing authorities new powers to clampdown on specific problems in their areas.

Mr Johnson said: "The majority of people who drink enjoy alcohol sensibly, but we are determined to take action to reduce the health and social harms caused by those who don’t."

In the near future, the government will consult on a range of compulsory conditions.

These include: banning offers like 'all you can drink for £10'; outlawing pubs and bars offering promotions to certain groups such as women only; ensuring that customers in supermarkets are not required to buy very large amounts of a product to take advantage of price discounts; ensuring staff selling alcohol are properly trained; requiring that consumers are able to see unit content of all alcohol when they buy it; requiring bars and pubs to have the minimum sized glasses available for customers who want them.

Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships will get £3 million to target enforcement activities on specific alcohol-related problems in 190 areas across all police forces.

 

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