Ministers defend plans to increase the cost of alcohol

Ministers have defended controversial plans to ban cheap deals on booze and increase the cost of alcohol per unit, insisting they would save hundreds of lives every year, but also save the taxpayer millions of pounds by cutting crime and hospital admissions.

But critics argue that responsible consumers would suffer, with wine and spirit prices being pushed up. Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports:

Read Chris Choi's blog on saying bye-bye to bargain booze.

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Minimum alcohol pricing

Ministers have defended controversial plans to ban cheap deals on alcohol in England and Wales, insisting they would save hundreds of lives every year. The coalition is proposing a minimum alcohol price of 45p per unit and an end to multi-buy offers