British Policy Bans Deep Discount Liquor

According to The Guardian, Britain is moving to ban “deep discounting” on alcohol, which “will prevent supermarkets slashing the prices of alcohol to below cost price, which has sometimes made alcohol cheaper than bottled water.” This move is the latest in an attempt by the British government to deal with binge drinking. Studies by Sheffield University predict that instituting a bottom price of 45p per unit of alcohol will save 860 lives and cut 29,000 hospital visits per year. This change is not expected to affect moderate drinkers (of any income group), but will mainly affect destructive drinkers, especially in low-income brackets, which are most prone to buying cheap alcohol in bulk. [The Guardian]