The recent news that the government are going to set a minimum price for each unit of alcohol (40 pence per unit) may appear to be a good idea to curb the increase in alcohol related illness but I fear that it may be too little too late. Sure there is research out there that tells us this might be a good idea and that it may prevent people buying as much alcohol. The producers and bankers will not lose out either as it will see their revenue from sales increase. The government are surely onto a winner then in keeping everyone happy including all those professionals who have to deal with the illness, poverty, homelessness and violence that too much alcohol can cause. So far so good but what if you are obsessed with the stuff, dependent even, on getting your daily dose just to stop the shakes or the anxiety that you know will return if you have to go through the cold turkey of withdrawals?
Many people are drinking far too much and are also very aware of units and recommended daily guidelines but if this does not stop them abusing their bodies will slightly greater prices? I expect that for those who are now so dependant and who no longer find it a pleasure to drink alcohol but a necessity the price hike will not stop them or even slow them down. They will simply go without other necessities convincing themselves that they do not really need them so that they can still afford alcohol. Making alcohol less accessible might have been a better idea as we all know that if we are ever trying to control our intake of anything it is best not to be able to get hold of it in those weaker moments. Would putting up the price of chocolate stop people from buying it? I am guessing not. Removing it from temptation might but then the producers and the taxman would be the ones who lost out.