11 November 2008

Methodist Church welcomes push for the responsible pricing of alcohol

The British Methodist Church has welcomed calls from MPs to set minimum prices on alcoholic drinks.

Today's report from the Home Affairs Select Committee 'Policing in the 21st Century' highlights the serious problems of alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour. It calls for an end to 'happy hours', supermarket loss-leading promotions, and the introduction of minimum sale prices for alcohol.

David Bradwell, Public Issues Policy Adviser, said: 'Alcohol misuse is a growing problem. This is partly due to the easy availability of cheap booze - alcohol was 69% more affordable last year compared to 1980. This is why we support the recommendations of the Select Committee.'

The Methodist Church has a long tradition of promoting abstinence and moderate drinking as a way of tackling the problems alcohol causes.

David continued; 'John Wesley railed against cheap gin in the 18th century because of its devastating impact on the lives of the most vulnerable people. The Methodist Church today urges the Government to move towards imposing minimum prices for alcohol and ending irresponsible promotions by retailers.'

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