Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Minimum price for alcohol - good news or bad ?

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On the news today was plans from Greater Manchester for the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol.

The plan which is being considered by AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) would see a by-law created which would make it illegal to sell alcohol for less than 50p per unit in shops and bars in the Greater Manchester Area.

If introduced the proposals would see drinkers having to pay at least £6 for a six-pack of lager, £4.50 for a standard bottle of wine, £5.50 for a two-litre bottle of cider and £14 for a 700ml bottle of whisky.

The plans are hoped to cut down on excessive drinking and improve people's health, but could potentially be a boon for local retailers and pubs and clubs in area's such as Glossopdale as we are just outside the Greater Manchester area and as such will be exempt from the charge.

So what do you think is a minimum price for alcohol a good idea or a bad one ? or dose it depend on if the minimum price will be in force in our area ?

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