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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Drink and be Merry.

Well, actually No. The Government thinks all you lot drink to much. *FE takes a slurp of his single malt*

Supermarkets and shops will be banned from selling drinks for less than any duty and VAT owned on them under proposals announced by the Home Office.

The move means a can of lager could still be sold for 38p and a litre of cider for just 40p.

Of course this will save thousands of avoidable deaths I here you cry.

Again, Actually no it won’t.

Petra Meier, professor of public health at Sheffield University, who carried out research on issue for the previous government, said the move would have little impact on consumption and drinking habits were unlikely to change.

She estimated it would result in saving 21 lives a year.

Alright I’ll come clean and admit I did miss a bit out here.

In contrast a blanket minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol would prevent 3,000 deaths a year

But then again this is the same tactics employed by the likes of Alcohol Concern and ASH. Just cherry pick some of the data and bury the rest.

Anyway on here, 50p per unit would mean, your litre of cider would cost you ££2.75, and your can of lager £1.22. Just so you know.


  1. Petra Meier can go stick her head up her arse & blow herself a big, sloppy kiss ...

  2. Think yourself lucky.

    Where I live, ONE can of Carlsberg is the equivalent of £3.50 and a bottle of good single malt starts at £40.00. Bell's toilet cleaner is £28.00.

    A single vodka in an average bar is around £8.00.

    I struggle on though, valiantly trying to consume as much as possible.


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