As part of wider changes tackling irresponsible drinking, the Home Office today announced a consultation on a range of measures to reduce excessive alcohol consumption.
Previous changes rebalanced the Licensing Act in favour of local communities so that anyone can object to licensing applications.
A late night levy was also introduced – meaning businesses that sell alcohol late at night contribute towards the cost of policing.
Today the Home Office has also launched a 10-week consultation on five possible actions to tackle the problems associated with cheap drink:
Policing Minister Damian Green said:
"These measures are not about stopping responsible drinking but designed to tackle the minority who cause alcohol-related crime and disorder in our local communities. The evidence is clear - the availability of cheap alcohol contributes to harmful levels of drinking. It can't be right that it is possible to purchase a can of beer for as little as 20p."
It is estimated that irresponsible drinking costs the taxpayer £21 billion a year. There were nearly a million alcohol-related violent crimes and 1.2 million alcohol-related hospital admissions last year alone.
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