Opinion

Tuesday 20 February 2018

High drink prices will hurt society

Steep tariffs will curb social drinking not alcoholism

Increasing the price of alcohol won't make any difference to those living with a drink problem, writes a recovering alcoholic
Increasing the price of alcohol won't make any difference to those living with a drink problem, writes a recovering alcoholic
Thomas Molloy

Thomas Molloy

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.

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