Law to create minimum priced alcohol3rd August 2010
Ten local authorities in and close to Manchester are hoping to bring in a by-law which will mean alcohol must be put on sale for at least 50p per unit.
The new law is part of an effort to tackle social and health problems caused by alcohol in the area.
If the law is imposed, it will impact on shops and pubs in Oldham, Rochdale, Bolton, Manchester and the 3.9 million people who live in the region controlled by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA).
The by-law would mean that wine would have to be put on sale for at least £4.50 a bottle and a six-pack of lager would have to cost at least £6.
Our Life, a health service-supported campaign group, is behind the idea. Andy Walker, at Our Life, said there were 1.3 million people in the North West who drank "hazardous or harmful amounts" of alcohol.
"And the cost to the NHS North West, in terms of treating alcohol-related injuries and illnesses, is in excess of £400 million a year."
The idea of the introduction of minimum pricing has been heavily criticised by drinks manufacturers.
Gavin Partington at the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said: "There is a substantial body of legal opinion that suggests minimum unit pricing of alcohol is illegal under European law. Some campaigners may wish otherwise but local authorities have no legal powers to introduce minimum unit pricing."
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Title: Law to create minimum priced alcohol
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15692
Date Added: 3rd Aug 2010