Tax rises on super-strength beer and cider, minimum pricing and a ban on selling alcohol below cost are among the measures put forward by the main parties in the run-up to the UK General Election.
The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats were approached by decanter.com and asked about their proposals on tackling binge drinking, levels of excise duty and the way alcohol is sold.
Dismissing the idea of minimum pricing for alcohol, the party backs targeted tax rises against super-strength beer and cider, with an exemption for micro-producers: ‘Rather than penalise all drinkers, we need to take targeted action against the problem drinks favoured by young drinkers,’ a Conservative spokesperson told decanter.com.
A Conservative government would also ban retailers from selling alcohol below cost price, citing support from the Royal College of Physicians.
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