High drink prices will hurt society
Steep tariffs will curb social drinking not alcoholism
Evidence from the world of behavioural economics strongly suggests that the Government's latest plan for minimum prices for alcohol will stop many of us from enjoying the occasional pint, but do nothing to stop heavy drinking.
That's a shame because there's no evidence that moderate drinking is bad for you, while there is plenty of evidence, in every town and village in this country, that heavy drinking is a disaster for both the drinker and those living within his or her ambit.
Once again, it seems that the Government is picking on the easy target (ordinary drinkers) while caving in to pressure from the drink lobby and avoiding proven measures that would reduce harmful drinking among the minority.