Alcohol related problems will be tackled, says MP

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Government plans to increase the minimum price per unit of alcohol has been welcomed by a local MP.

Pevensey and Westham MP Greg Barker has welcomed this week’s launch of an alcohol consultation by the Government.

The plans have been put forward as part of the government’s plans to tackle binge drinking.

Binge drinking can cause anti-social behaviour and has an impact on communities, hospitals and town centres.

Last week, the Government announced a consultation on a range of measures to reduce alcohol consumption.

Mr Barker says these measures are being introduced in a bid to ‘cut crime and save lives’.

The consultation will be run over a 10-week period and will seek views on five main points::

Ban on multi-buy promotions.

Review of the mandatory licensing conditions.

Minimum unit price of 45p.

New health-related objective for alcohol licensing and;

Cutting red tape for responsible businesses.

Conservative MP Mr Barker says it is time for the government to tackle the issues related to binge drinking.

He explained alcohol misuse in England has been estimated to cost the NHS £3.5 billion a year, £11 billion per year in alcohol related crime and £7.3 billion per year in lost productivity.

He said, “For too long the problems associated with alcohol have been ignored.

“Alcohol misuse and irresponsible drinking is estimated to cost £21 billion annually.”

“Speaking to many people across the constituency the issue of anti-social behaviour is frequently raised as a serious concern.

“In many instances this behaviour is fuelled by drink, and I welcome the Government’s consultation as it seeks to address the root cause of this problem.”