Recent polls that Tesco have commissioned found that it is excessive drinking which is at the route of most anti-social behaviour. The supermarket chain would happily support a a ban on low cost alcohol but with the word cup around the corner they will have to compete with other retailers by offering good deals and discounted prices on their alcohol.
Tesco director for corporate affairs Lucy Neville-Rolfe explains that it is a of lack of government action that causes these price wars where each supermarket is trying to offer a better deal than the other without thinking about the repercussions underpriced alcohol could cause.
“As a result there is lots of cheap alcohol, so we thought let’s ask the government to look at should there be a minimum price for alcohol, or should there be a ban on low-cost selling.”
Tesco’s moves have been supported by The British Liver Trust and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has also welcomed their decision.
Though the in’s and out’s remain unclear due to retailers being reluctant to reveal details of deals with suppliers, one option may be to set a nominal price for each type of alcohol, before adding VAT and duty to reach a total.
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