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.
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