How will the end of cheap alcohol affect you?

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Is raising the price of alcohol saving lives or penalising budget shoppers? You decide

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The government are to-ing and fro-ing again about whether to introduce a minimum pricing law for alcohol, which would stop the sale of bargain booze in supermarkets across the UK.

Despite having done a U-turn on the proposed 45p per unit minimum pricing proposal this week, Prime Minister David Cameron has promised that he will 'deal with' cheap alcohol.

If the 45p unit price ruling was to be introduced, a can of strong beer could not be sold for less than £1.56 or a bottle of wine for less than £4.22.

Those for the proposal say that introducing the minimum cost will save lives.

'We know that whenever alcohol is too cheap, people die,' explained Tory MP and ex-GP Sarah Wollaston. Speaking to BBC Radio 4, she continued, 'If the chancellor wants a message from me, it's that we're already paying a huge amount to clear up the cost of this - around £21bn a year just to deal with the crime, violence and medical costs of it.'

However, critics say that there is no evidence that minimum pricing will work, arguing that alcoholics are not worried about cost.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association also had something to say, arguing, 'Minimum unit pricing would penalise responsible drinkers and treat everyone who is looking for value in their shopping as a binge-drinker,' said the body's chief executive Miles Beale.

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