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:
Today the government proposed a 45p per alcohol unit price as the minimum shops can sell. It's fired off a long overdue debate.
Drinking in the UK will become more costly under Government plans to bring in a minimum price, but how does it compare with other countries?
The Government is set to impose a minimum alcohol price of 45p per unit. Here is what to expect.