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Byline: Susan Lee Telling it like it is

? MINISTERS are proposing a minimum price of 45p a unit for the sale of alcohol in England and Wales as part of a drive to tackle problem drinking.

It's not rocket science to see that this will be unpopular.

Drinkers will hate it. In these already hard pressed times why, they'll reason, should they pay more for one of the few financially attainable things in life? Big retailers and supermarkets will hate it too. It will make a dent in their corporate pockets, after all.

And there will be those who will see it as a class thing; why should the working man be punished if he wants a pint at the end of the day when toffs won't worry about a dent in their champagne bills.

But the fact is , thousands of people die from alcohol related illnesses every year.

And the cost to society in terms of working days lost and the sheer, appalling violence too much alcohol promotes in every town centre every Saturday night is huge.

Putting up the price of booze might hurt but it's the right thing to do.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 30, 2012
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