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Antisocial Behaviour: Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make an assessment of the likely effects on the level of anti-social behaviour of a minimum unit price for alcohol. (304206)

We understand that there is a real concern about the possible links between cheap alcohol and antisocial behaviour. However, the evidence is inconclusive as to whether the introduction of a minimum unit price would reduce alcohol related crime and disorder. While there is evidence that cheap alcohol is linked to people drinking more and subsequent harm to their health, it is important that any Government interventions reduce harm without impacting unduly on the majority of responsible drinkers. We will look to develop further the evidence base in this area with a view to identifying concrete proposals for action which reduce irresponsible, harmful and/or binge drinking without impacting unduly on the majority of responsible drinkers.