Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Alcohol Concern

Today I received their report counting the cost of irresponsible alcohol promotions in the night-time economy in Wales.

I have looked at this excellent document and have much sympathy with the points that it is making.

Around half of venues in Wales offer some form of promotion on alcoholic drinks from the survey that was done on pubs and clubs in Newport, Swansea and Wrexham. Furthermore alcohol is sometimes cheaper than the cheapest available soft drink. This is surely a nonsensical position.
Often, too, venues offer pints and spirits, sometimes in double measures, for as little as a pound and 2-for-1 and 3-for-1 deals were available in a number of venues.

I become increasingly convinced that the government needs to do something drastic on this such as fixing a minimum unit price for alcohol in shops and in supermarkets as well as pubs and clubs.

Well done to Andy Misell, the Policy Manager of Alcohol Concern Cymru.

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