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PM 'drops' minimum drink prices

Conservative backbenchers have expressed concern amid suggestions that David Cameron has been pressured into dropping plans for minimum pricing of alcohol by senior Cabinet ministers.

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Minimum alcohol pricing: What would it cost?

A baseline cost of 45p per unit of alcohol was expected to be announced before May in an attempt to curb binge drinking.

Under the proposals:

  • A bottle of wine costing £3.69 would cost at least £4.39
  • A bottle of vodka costing £9 would cost at least £11.81
  • A 12-pack of lager costing £8 would cost at least £9.50

Source: Wine and Spirit Trade Association

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