Tories look at minimum alcohol pricing

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Government plans to implement minimum unit pricing are unlikely to stop those more prone to abusing alcohol from buying a drink but would force consumers to spend an additional ?659m every year, new research shows.

Proposals to introduce a 45p-per-unit minimum price are a ?poorly targeted measure,? according to a report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research, which was commissioned by FTSE 100-listed brewer SABMiller.

?A minimum unit alcohol price of 45p has a negligible impact on hazardous and harmful drinking levels among the richest 20pc of households in the UK,? CEBR said.

?Yet higher income households exhibit higher levels of combined hazardous and harmful drinking than lower income households.?

The plans are ?highly regressive? and would have a greater impact on the expenditure of the poorest 20pc of households in the country, the report claimed.

?Minimum unit pricing would affect some regions of the UK much harder than others,? the CEBR added.

?We estimate that Yorkshire and the Humber would be the region hardest hit by minimum unit pricing, in terms of the increase in alcohol expenditure that the average household would face under the policy.

?A 45p minimum unit price would lead to the average household in Yorkshire and the Humber spending an additional ?49.22 per annum on alcohol products.?

The Government laid out plans last month that would fix the minimum price for a bottle of wine at ?4.20. A can of beer could not be sold for less than 90p.

Jorgen Buhl Rasmussen, chief executive of Carlsberg, said in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph at the weekend that the moves are unlikely to stop those who abuse alcohol from buying drinks.