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Minimum alcohol price law unveiled for Wales

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A law aimed at setting a minimum price for selling alcohol in Wales has been unveiled. The Welsh Government hasn’t yet decided what the minimum price per unit of alcohol will be. While alcohol consumption levels have been falling in recent years, health officials remain concerned. Cheap drinks in supermarkets and other Licensed stores are the main target of the new Law.

Research suggests that although high-risk drinkers make up only a quarter of people who drink alcohol, they drink 72% of all alcohol consumed and account for 65% of all spending. There is a very clear and direct link between levels of excessive drinking and the availability of cheap alcohol according to the Welsh Public Health Minister.

Their plan is to take decisive action now to address the affordability of alcohol as part of wider efforts to tackle alcohol-related harm. The Welsh Government are suggesting that this is not going to be a tax but a tool to change behaviour and their chief medical officer has said that they are not the “fun Police” or the nanny state but they cannot wash their hands of a significant public health issue.

It is suggested that the changes will only have a small impact on moderate drinkers and that the most substantial effects will be experienced by harmful and hazardous drinkers who are more likely to consume cheaper and higher strength alcohol products.

If you would like any more information or guidance on how this ruling will affect your licensed premises, please contact Flint Bishop’s Licensing department on 01332 340 211 or LicensingDept@flintbishop.co.uk

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