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Health and the Grocer…

24/03/2010

There is an interesting article by Andrew Lansley, the opposition health spokesman, in this week’s copy of The Grocer. Whilst this is not my usual daily read, I recommend it. It is full of interesting stuff including, not least, said piece by the Mr Lansley and an editorial response a few pages later.
This pre-election contribution focussed on the public health agenda, claiming that alcohol pricing would need to be reconfigured to tackle problem drinking, something I have been banging on about for ages.
How irritating it must be for the Tories, each time they come up with a really sensible bit of non-ideological common-sense to see the Chancellor waiting just down the alley ready to nick their sweets. Because that is what he did today, at least in part. Duty raised on strong ciders. Thank you.
Now what about the loss-leader lager and the £6.50 bottle of vodka?

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3 Comments
  1. Sounds like a good idea. But would people turn to self-brewing again and endanger themselves with cheap alcohols?? Prohibition did not work in the US, and raising tax might function as a prohibition for the poor.

    Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, writer.

    • Hi Alexa,
      They might do. Self brewing in Britain has always been an option, but not one much followed as too few of us paid attention in school science lessons.
      I do not suggest prohibition but I do seriously recommend a progressively higher pricing structure for stronger alcohol drinks.
      Soon, the football World Cup will be dominating our TV screens and, once again, supermarkets will be selling 24 packs of strong lager at less than cost as loss leaders.
      The consequent degradation of livers and family life will be matched only by the damage done to the licensed premises trade, as pubs across Britain close down, and responsible social drinking in public becomes a thing of the past.

  2. You are so right, Neil – about the consequences for families…

    Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, writer.

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