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Government unveils alcohol price plans

Government unveils alcohol price plans
Theresa May has unveiled plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol, pledging to tackle "the drink-fuelled antisocial behaviour blighting our communities".

The Home Secretary has launched a consultation on the Government's proposals, which would set a minimum price of 45 pence per unit.

The plans also include a ban on 'buy-one-get-one-free' and multi-buy promotions, and a review of mandatory licensing conditions to ensure they target irresponsible promotions in pubs and clubs.

"We are consulting on these measures because too many of our high streets and town centres have become no-go areas on a Friday and Saturday night," Ms May said.

"It is responsible drinkers, businesses and the wider community who are paying the price in terms of crime and disorder on our streets, violent, alcohol-related injuries clogging up our Accident and Emergency rooms and significant long term health problems."

The Cabinet is reportedly split on the proposals, with some ministers fearing it will fail to curb excessive drinking.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt this morning insisted the Government was "not trying to deter ordinary drinkers" but was reacting to people's concerns about disorder in town centres on the weekend.

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