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‘Set minimum price for booze’

‘Set minimum price for booze’

Alcoholic drinks are too cheap. Higher prices can abuse reduction, says the Dutch Institute for alcohol policy STEP.

STEP draws that conclusion from six scientific studies of the connection between the price of alcohol and the damage that consumption causes. Especially among the young and heavy drinkers would this connection be strong.

“On the basis of these conclusions calls STEP for the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol in the Netherlands,” says the organization on its website.

According to STEP is especially beer is far too cheap. The cheapest pilssoorten come from below 70 cents per litre. A-merkpilseners are more than twice as expensive, but often go on sale.

Scotland

In Scotland was in 2012 with a floor price for alcohol adopted. By opposition from the beverage industry, this year only decided whether this measure is introduced.

According to the Scottish government, there is strong international evidence that reducing the price contributes to the consumption of alcohol and related consequences”. Also, Ireland is now considering a minimum price for alcohol.

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