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Call for minimum price on alcohol

16th March 2009

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he does not want "moderate" drinkers to be penalised because of "the excesses of a minority".

Mr Brown was speaking in response to England's Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson's call for a minimum price of 50p to be charged for each unit of alcohol contained in a drink. This would increase the average price for a six-pack of lager to £6.

Alcohol abuse costs the health service an estimated £2.7 billion annually.

 


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