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Letter: The BIG issue - Cheers to dearer beer; CAN IT! STOP KIDS BOOZING A DAILY Mirror CAMPAIGN.

Byline: Sybil Hester

MINISTERS believe banning cheap supermarket booze would cut teenage binge drinking. They want stores to charge at least 35p per unit of alcohol - making a can of Foster's, for instance, cost 63p. Many readers like the idea - others fear it will hit older, responsible drinkers.

BANNING cut-price booze in supermarkets is a good move but there's something else the government could do that would reduce binge-drinking.

If the number of retailers licensed to sell alcohol was drastically reduced, booze would be much harder for teenagers to get hold of.

The reason why my generation didn't suffer from this problem was because alcohol was so much harder to obtain.

When I was growing up only pubs, clubs, off-licences and a few supermarkets sold booze.

Now it seems any shop can get a licence - from the huge hypermarkets to the small newsagents.

Sybil Hester, Cirencester, Glos
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 20, 2008
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