The Government is planning to introduce a minimum price per unit for alcohol in England and Wales, but the plans are part of an entire 'alcohol strategy.'
The plans aim to:
- Bring up the price of alcohol by:
- Introducing minimum pricing for alcohol
- A ban on bulk-buying price promotions, which the Government will consult on
- Involve communities in decisions about licensing by:
- Piloting 'sobriety schemes' to try and tackle alcohol-related offending
- Charging clubs to cover the cost of extra policing
- Doubling the fine for shops selling alcohol to children, bringing it to £20,000
- Encourage the drinks industry to provide a wider choice of lower strength drinks
- Giving more information on unit and calorie counts on packaging
- Ensuring product placement and marketing is 'more responsible'
- Supporting people who want to change their drinking habits by:
- Providing £448 million to ' turn around the lives of 120,000 troubled families'
- Providing services for treatment and recovery for people with alcohol problems