No minimum price for alcohol

first_imgStuff.co.nz 24 April 2014Minimum pricing on alcohol will not get the green light, Justice Minister Judith Collins says.She said such a policy would “hit moderate drinkers in the pocket”.The Government had signalled it was not keen on the proposal, which is being explored in Britain.Collins waited for a report from Ministry of Justice officials based on a minimum price of between $1 and $1.20 a unit.The report recommended waiting five years while alcohol reforms took effect.Its authors said a minimum price would financially benefit the industry, retailers and suppliers to the tune of $131 million a year and have only a modest effect on harmful consumption.Implementation, enforcement and monitoring would be difficult, and the regime was internationally untested, they said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9975235/No-minimum-price-for-alcoholAlcohol-pricing policy delay slammedStuff.co.nz 26 April 2014Justice Minister Judith Collins’ decision to wait and see on a policy that could significantly reduce alcohol harm has been called election-year cowardice.Minimum alcohol pricing – a scheme focused on cut-price liquor such as cask wine – could save the country an estimated $624 million in alcohol harm over a decade, a Justice Ministry report found.The scheme, already established in Canada and voted through by the Scottish Parliament, sets a base price for alcoholic beverages based on the number of standard drinks per bottle.The Justice Ministry report concluded “overall, any price increase will effectively reduce harmful alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm”.“A minimum price or excise increase would have some impact on low-risk drinkers, but the savings to society significantly outweigh the lost benefits to consumers.”Despite this, Collins’ summary of the report said “there [was] no compelling evidence that increasing the price of alcohol is the correct approach”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9980069/Alcohol-pricing-policy-delay-slammedlast_img read more