Plans For Minimum Alcohol Price

Heart's being told plans for a new minimum price of alcohol WON'T put people off binge drinking.

The draft bill says it would be an offence if alcohol is sold, or supplied, below the minimum price per unit at 50p.

The Welsh Government claims it will benefit Wales, worth an estimated £900m to the economy in terms of cutting crime, illness and sick days in work over 20 years.

Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething said:

 “Tackling alcohol misuse is a priority for the Welsh Government. In 2013, there were 467 alcohol-related deaths in Wales. Each of these deaths was preventable.

 “This new draft Bill signifies our firm commitment to use our legislative powers to improve and protect the health of the people of Wales.

 “Evidence shows that introducing minimum unit price of 50p per unit would be effective in reducing alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harms and the costs associated with those harms. It will save lives, reduce rates of crime, help ensure valuable NHS resources are used wisely and help businesses by reducing absence from the workplace.

 “Minimum unit pricing will affect those drinks sold at unacceptably low prices relative to their alcohol content. This is a particularly well-targeted measure as it will only have a small impact on moderate drinkers and have the biggest impact on high-risk drinkers.”

If the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill makes law, the price of a bottle of one of the leading brands of cider could go up by nearly £2 - and a lager by just under a pound.

It’s open to public consultation until December.