Cameron wants crackdown on cheap drink

19 August, 2009

Tory leader David Cameron has restated his party’s aim of making “serious changes” to alcohol laws.

"Drink-related violence and drink-related crime are a massive problem in our country," he said during a visit to Hull, where he was joining a police patrol of the city.

"We need to look at the unbelievable availability of very cheap drink, getting three litres of cider for £1.99, at all hours of day and night.

"We've got to do something about this and I'm exploring what we can do to deal with the drink that's fuelling so much of the crime in our country."

Last year Shadow Chancellor George Osbourne pledged targeted tax rises on alcopops, strong ciders “and other problem drinks associated with binge drinking”.

The Tories said: “ The extra revenue raised will be used to reduce taxes on low-strength beer and cider. Wines, spirits and 90% of beer and cider consumed in Britain will be unaffected.”

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