Monday, 3 December 2012

Stephen Metcalfe MP welcomes Government consultation to tackle binge drinking

Stephen Metcalfe, Conservative MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has welcomed this week’s launch of an alcohol consultation by the Government. 

As part of the wider reforms the Government has introduced to tackle binge drinking and the impact it has on our communities, hospitals, and town centres, the Government have announced a consultation on a range of measures to reduce alcohol consumption, cut crime and save lives.

The ten week consultation will seek views on:
·         a ban on multi-buy promotions
·         a review of the mandatory licensing conditions
·         a minimum unit price of 45p
·         a new health-related objective for alcohol licensing, and
·         cutting red tape for responsible businesses.

Commenting Mr Metcalfe said: ‘I am sure many of us like an occasional or social drink and drink responsibly, but for too long the problems associated with alcohol abuse have been ignored. Alcohol misuse and irresponsible drinking is estimated to cost £21 billion annually.’

‘This consultation is aimed at finding the right balance between tackling alcohol abuse while not penalising responsible drinkers.’

‘Speaking to many people across South Basildon and East Thurrock, the issue of anti social behaviour is frequently raised as a serious concern.  In many instances this behaviour is fuelled by drink, and I welcome the Government’s consultation as it seeks to address the root cause of this problem.’