“Binge drinking is a serious problem that increases crime and puts considerable pressure on the NHS.
“Action is needed to tackle crime and binge drinking, whilst recognising that most people drink responsibly and modestly and should not be penalised for doing so.
“We support a minimum unit price where it prevents too low supermarket prices whilst protecting responsible pubs. The debate about levels needs to be based on evidence of what will work. But the Government needs to make sure it does not just create a cash windfall for the supermarkets, instead of lowering prices of other goods or supporting better prevention and treatment of alcohol abuse to cut crime further and save lives.
“And we need to see wider action too. So far the Government has resisted stronger action on prevention. Educating young people on the risks of alcohol has been removed from the curriculum, and the Government voted against our proposals for stronger licensing powers for local councils to take action in their areas."