Alcohol U-turn 'shows Government caved in to lobbying'

Alcohol Health Alliance UK said the decision 'confirms that the Government has caved in to lobbying from big business'.
Alcohol Health Alliance UK said the decision 'confirms that the Government has caved in to lobbying from big business'. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Alcohol Health Alliance UK said the decision to scrap plans for a minimum unit price for alcohol "confirms that the Government has caved in to lobbying from big business."

Chairman Professor Sir Ian Gilmore said: "We know that minimum pricing will work and there is a huge level of support from frontline workers including doctors and the police.

"Alternative measures outlined in today's announcement will have little or no impact - they are just a smokescreen to hide how Government has turned its back on public health."

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Alcohol price plan scrapped

The Government has dropped plans for a minimum unit price for alcohol, Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne said.