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Well done on 50 years [.....]; Your say.

I AM as concerned as Ken Walker 'Sensible Drinking' (13.10.12) at the damage irresponsible drinking is doing to society.

However, I disagree that the introduction of a minimum price per unit of alcohol will greatly punish the moderate drinker.

I have attended presentations on the subject with the real victims - if they can be called that - with problem drinks being high-strength ciders, lagers and cheap, high-strength wines.

There are the very ones some Ipswich shopkeepers have agreed to stop selling to try to solve problem drinking - all credit to them.

With regard to access at all hours, may I remind Ken it was the last government under Tony Blair that pushed for the open-all-hours continental style policies - a party Ken was a prominent local member of until recently.

This Government is trying to address some of the problems with changes to licensing guidance under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

Although not a magic wand, it gives the licensing authorities greater powers to restrict applications.

At present there are four licensing objectives and aims under government guidance, none of which deal with health problems caused.

I would like to see some way the effect on health can be a material consideration when committees decide on licensing applications.

I know this may be very difficult, but a minimum price per unit I think is a step in the right direction.

CLLR RON ARUNDALE, Acklam
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 18, 2012
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