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Middle-class drinkers 'will bear brunt of alcohol policy'

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:18 am
by shaneroy
Older, middle-class drinkers will bear the brunt of David Cameron’s minimum alcohol price plan, according to researchers who predict one of its main effect will be to end today’s multi-buy deals.

If implemented, the Prime Minister’s proposal for a 45p minimum price per unit will have the “biggest impact” on those who drink at home, according to academics.

It will end supermarket offers - such as three bottles of wine for £10, or multi-buy deals on crates of beer - that are very popular with middle-class drinkers, they say.

However, according to the researchers, who have modelled the likely effects on consumption and health, a 45p minimum unit price will save 10,000 lives over a decade.

A Home Office consultation on the proposals ends next Wednesday (Feb 6).

Professor Anne Ludbrook, a health economist at Aberdeen University, said it was a “misconception” that middle class drinkers would not be affected by minimum pricing, based on the false assumption that “they don’t buy cheap alcohol”.

Re: Middle-class drinkers 'will bear brunt of alcohol policy

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:00 am
by Lincoln Bruce
However, the poorest tend to suffer disproportionately from the harms of alcohol overconsumption, such as liver disease. In part, this is because disadvantaged Britain contains large numbers of extremely heavy drinkers.

Average alcohol consumption among the poorest appears low because there are large numbers of abstainers in this part of society too.

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