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Government alcohol strategy 'preventative and helpful'

The Chief Constable of Durham Police says the government strategy to reduce alcohol is helpful and preventative.

Chief Constable Jon Stoddart is lead officer for alcohol licensing and harm reduction issues within the Association of Chief Police Constables (ACPO).

He says the minimum unit price will particularly help younger people.

Health organisation says alcohol 'not a commodity'

The Director of a North East alcohol organisation says he supports the introduction of minimum alcohol prices.

Balance North East works to help reduce the health and social problems associated with excessive drinking.

Director Collin Shevills says the price changes should make people realise alcohol is not a commodity.

MP backs government stance on binge drinking

Pat Glass, MP for Durham North West, brought her own experience to the debate over minimum alcohol prices.

Ms Glass told MPs that she recently poured away eleven litres of cheap vodka confiscated from 13 and 14-year-olds. The haul came on a Friday night which she spent with a Durham Police unit tackling underage drinking.


Pubs and restaurants to escape minimum alcohol prices

The Home Secretary Theresa May says the move is aimed at clamping down on the bargain basement booze offers which give deep discounts and lead to problem drinkers.

Ms May also claimed the plans would help to reclaim our town centres from drunken thugs. But she was keen to reassure drinkers that the price of a pint in your local will not be affected.