Monday, March 30, 2009

Increasing the Unit Price of Alcohol

Like most good ideas, the proposal to increase the minimum unit price of alcohol in order to deter young British drinkers has been ridiculed by many.

It's worth noting, however, that the idea is not only supported by Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson but by a growing number of medical professionals.

I was interested in note this week that Professor Martin Plant of the University of the West of England came out in favour of the idea, stating that a minimum price of 50 pence per unit would save 3,000 lives per year in the UK.

My prediction is that the idea will gain increasing support over the coming 3-5 years.

If you enjoyed this post, get free updates by email or RSS.


Tim Beadle said...

The Law of Unintended Consequences suggests that if alcohol gets more expensive, people will get their kicks elsewhere, probably in illegal drugs.

Also, this will kick rural pubs (the only remaining heart of many small communities) when they are already down due to the smoking ban.

Sheila said...

While many of us recovering Alcoholics, think that a major price increase is a great idea, we also realize that it wouldn't have stopped us in the past, therefore, in all unfortunate liklihood, it will not deter middle income, good stable family's, which many of us were !

I say go ahead and do it, for one particular reason, and that is to hopefully render alcohol consumption/bingeing by our Youth, would then be decreased significantly !

Here's my reasoning for grave concern..........
Currently, there are 5 most current health afflictions, totally caused, soley by moderate Alcohol consumption, and they are, & in no particular sequence order either:
-Grand Mal Seizures
-Progressive Permenant Hearing Loss
-Progressive Permenant Sight Loss
-Rapidly Corruded Livers
-Heart Attacks
None of which have any cures at this time either.

So, imagine, when all us old farts have been dumped off at Nursing Homes, to be spoon fed & diaperred, who will take over all our many Professions ? If our youth have already destroyed their own health, incapacitating any abilities to assume these positions? Then what??

May God help us all !