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Minimum alcohol pricing must be 'part of broader package'

Commenting on the Welsh government’s proposed new law to introduce a minimum unit price for the sale and supply of alcohol in Wales – published for consultation – Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:

“A minimum unit price for alcoholic drinks will not in itself address the problems caused by alcohol in society but it would be a step in the right direction.

“Minimum pricing should be part of a broader package of measures which should include improved education about the dangers of alcohol to younger people and a greater investment in alcohol abuse services.

“While we will support the Welsh Government’s aims in principle, it will be important to resolve questions which remain over whether the proposals fall within the devolution settlement.

“The cost of alcohol abuse is incalculable and is often a contributory factor in homelessness, unwanted pregnancy, violence, road accidents, marital break-up and obesity.

“The need to tackle substance misuse is absolutely crucial.”