29 Dec 2011

UK minimum alcohol price mooted

8:53 am on 29 December 2011

British prime minister David Cameron has ordered officials to prepare plans to set a minimum price for alcohol.

The Daily Telegraph reports that officials have been told to develop a scheme to prevent the sale of alcohol in shops in England at below 40 to 50 pence per unit.

If implemented, there could be sharp price rises, particularly for cider and some spirits.

The Scottish government has already announced plans to set a minimum price to tackle alcohol abuse.