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Alcohol pricing: a battleground between health groups and drinks industry

26 February 2012


The Guardian - 26 February 2012

David Cameron would be parting company with his health secretary, Andrew Lansley, by backing a minimum unit price.

The price of a drink – or more to the point, the cost of getting drunk – has been a battleground between the alcohol industry and health groups for years now. Campaigners want minimum unit pricing, which would push up sharply the cost of the booze that hardened drinkers choose, such as strong cider. The drinks industry has adamantly refused to accept that price makes a difference.

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