We are waiting some time for minimum pricing
Why pubs are not to blame for binge drinking
SUPERMARKETS and off licences now account for 55pc of alcohol sales and this figure is set to rise further in the medium term. Young people purchase a much higher percentage of alcohol from the off trade sector and they do this because in real terms alcohol is half the price it was in 2005. Can we say that about any other product?
There is no such thing as a free lunch, however, and the fact remains that our grocery shopping is effectively subsidising the cheap alcohol that we and our young people are buying.
Clearly there's a financial cost for this, but the human cost is much more serious.