Tue, 05 Jun 2012
Would lifting the price of alcohol reduce consumption?
Justice Minister Judith Collins has confirmed the idea of a minimum price for alcohol is being floated, due to concerns that it is available too cheaply. The regime may be included in last-minute changes to legislation.
The Law Commission recommendations include a 50 percent excise tax on alcohol.
Acting Prime Minister Bill English this morning told Marcus Lush the Government has not yet seen convincing evidence that an increase in price will make a difference to consumption.
With alcohol, there's a lot of people for whom moderate consumption is just fine - it doesn't have a detrimental effect on their health or their state of mind."
Is price-fixing best way to cut alcohol consumption? Or is it merely a swipe at the poor?
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