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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Valid points Helen. But also supermarkets often sell alcohol below a possible minimum price as a "loss-leader". However the "loss" is no doubt made up on other products whether it be bread or orange juice. So in fact non-drinkers could be argued to be subsidising cheap alcohol through no choice of their own. So the arguments for rasining tax, or a levy as you say, have their supporters!

It may be a surprise to some that supermarkets are in favour of minimum pricing for alcohol, but when you consider that this step would only increase their profit margins, perhaps it is not so surprising after all. Maybe there should also be an additional levy on alcohol, which ensured that money is ring-fenced and used for alcohol rehabilitation programmes?

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