Church responds to government alcohol announcement

Paul Morrison, policy adviser for the Methodist Church in Britain, said: "Today the government has announced that it will ban below-cost alcohol sales. This is a pale reflection of the Minimum Unit Pricing policy, which the government originally committed to.

"The government's own research indicates that today's policy is 40 times less effective than Minimum Unit Pricing. The same research judged today's policy to be so ineffective as to have "negligible" impact on the harm caused by alcohol.

"We are pleased that the government recognises that this is a serious problem that costs the economy £21 billion a year and ruins many lives. We fear, however, that the government's advice is correct and that this policy will have a "negligible" effect".

"We urge the government to take the brave step of introducing Minimum Unit Pricing. A genuinely effective policy, backed by the medical profession, the research community, as well as by an alliance of churches. The problems caused in society by alcohol demand more than merely a negligible solution."

 link to the University of Sheffield report.

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