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UK to Raise Price of Alcohol

Last Call! The UK Jacks Up Booze Prices For Safety's Sake

Sorry, England, you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. Parliament is considering mandating a higher minimum price for alcohol, to keep boozy Britons from hurting themselves — and others. The government thinks that the negative effects of drinking have spiraled so out of control that more expensive hooch would make people think before they drink.

How can they get away with this? They're arguing that setting a minimum price for alcohol would satisfy the “exceptional and compelling reasons of public policy” loophole set forth to bypass the 1998 Competition Act — ironically, an act created to prevent government interference in the private sector.

Shadow home secretary David Davis summed up the argument saying, “The Government’s lax approach to 24-hour drinking has fueled violent crime and disorder.” Opponents of the price hike, like Richard Dodd of the British Retail Consortium fired back saying, “There is no clear link between the price of alcohol and irresponsible consumption.”

Do you think that irresponsible drinking will be curbed by higher prices? Is it the British government's job to try to change personal behavio[u]r by fooling with the marketplace?


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UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
But if we do that, how do I make money?!?!
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Jeez, more nanny-statism! How about taking care of education and the economy, so that people have something to do instead of drink themselves into a coma?
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I am all set to open my own speakeasy and become the next Bugsy Malone... I think I need a fadora
remedios remedios 9 years
I don't know... it sure helped in college that I could get 50 cent pitchers, when I only had $10 to my name. It's not going to stop those that want to binge, but it might keep those on the line from crossing it.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Could we see another prohibition era?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
No, just like here and everywhere for that matter attacking the tail end of a problem does nothing to solve the problem.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I doubt it's going to cut down on overdrinking. People will still drink, they just won't like paying more and you're going to have some really angry drunks!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
They should just outlaw alcohol completely. That worked really well here.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I am not overly familiar with the UK's Constitution, so I can't say if it falls within their rights. However, I tend to think violence and binge drinking has little to do with accessibility to alcohol and more to do with other social issues.
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