Alcohol-related crime, lost output and ill health costs UK £52bn a year

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 in Home
Alcohol-related crime, lost output and ill health costs UK £52bn a year

Doctors are urging Philip Hammond to raise the price of alcohol to tackle the “scourge” of drink-related harm after it emerged that crime, ill health and lost productivity cost up to £52bn a year, far more than previously thought.

They want the chancellor to increase the price of cheap, potent drinks such as high-strength white cider, which are mainly consumed by heavy drinkers, homeless people and underage drinkers.

Forty-three doctors, medical groups, campaigners, and public health, religious and children’s organisations have written to Hammond asking him to use his first budget in spring 2017 to increase the duty on certain alcohol products.

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