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2011/04/07 20:10:14 (permalink)
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The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less?

If a minimum price for alcohol was introduced would it alter your drinking levels at all?
 
Is such a price limit right and justified?
 
My choice would simply be to pay the extra and drink the same but thats just me.
 
What your views on this price idea?
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    tebow
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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 20:16:46 (permalink)
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    I drink very occasionaly so it wouldn't really stop me drinking what I drink. I don't know the ins and outs of this new legislation because I dont really care about alcohol but I can't see it making much difference, they should have priced certain super strength drinks out of the market though. The fact a super strength can has more units than recommended per day is crazy.
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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 20:23:19 (permalink)
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    It's just an excuse to increase taxation. 'Binge drinking' has been around for thousands of years. Education would be a better means of attempting to reduce excessive consumption.
     
    Unfortunately, people will swallow the increase as habbits are hard to break. The hardest hit will be those on a modest income.
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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 20:25:22 (permalink)
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    isn't it already more expensive than 50p a unit? pint of stella is what 2.9 units so that'd mean £1.50 a pint, yes please

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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 20:30:57 (permalink)
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    Can't see the sense in it myself. 28 units-ish in most bottle of spirits, any priced over £14 are already over that level.

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 20:42:19 (permalink)
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    Would be interesting to see what it would take for people to start brewing their own.
    Or just smuggling it.
    As Rosc says, the Romans wrote about us (or at least the Germanic tribes) being excessively drunk so it's nothing new.
    I'm pretty sure the government are thinking more of £££s than anything else.
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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 20:45:31 (permalink)
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    No I'd spend more which works for the goverment either way.
     
    If they care about health why dont they ban smoking.

    No biggie like, there are a lot worse things for you than using steroids, I mean I probably shouldn't have been smoking crack or getting into bar fights at your age TBH  - drab4

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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 20:52:48 (permalink)
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    Not a drinker anymore, so a moot point for me personally.
     
    Fundamentally, I'm against any state driven directive to disincentivize, especially when it comes to cosuming non-essentials.
     
    This is merely a way to make more money out of a deep-rooted, millenia old dependence.
     
    It is certainly not an effective strategy to improving public health. Government knows this, but this will be their trojan horse nontheless.
     
    I do not have any data to hand which might be helpful; say comparisons of alcoholism and related illness in the Scandinavian countries where duty on alcohol is disproportiontly high and where socio-economic variance (and thus disproportionate alcoholism rates facilitated by poverty) is not so pronounced, compared to the UK, States, Oz etc
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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 20:56:48 (permalink)
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    I agree with T Dawg, he expressed my thoughts in a much more articulate. informed and eloquent way 

    No biggie like, there are a lot worse things for you than using steroids, I mean I probably shouldn't have been smoking crack or getting into bar fights at your age TBH  - drab4

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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 20:58:34 (permalink)
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    Pagan go have about 8 stellas, then come back and kick T Dawgs arse

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 21:00:02 (permalink)
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    He'll probably have to get Jnr to do his dirty work for him
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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 21:00:18 (permalink)
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    So have another two then?
     
    Why would I kick his arse ? I ment what I said. I'd love to be able to express myself like him

    No biggie like, there are a lot worse things for you than using steroids, I mean I probably shouldn't have been smoking crack or getting into bar fights at your age TBH  - drab4

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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 21:01:12 (permalink)
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    Ak_88

    He'll probably have to get Jnr to do his dirty work for him

     
    **** you , I'm going to post a vid now to show I'm still the daddy!


    No biggie like, there are a lot worse things for you than using steroids, I mean I probably shouldn't have been smoking crack or getting into bar fights at your age TBH  - drab4

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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 21:04:54 (permalink)
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    I tried to rate your post with a 5 dawg, but slipped on a 4 sorry dude
     
    No it would not make a scrap of difference to me
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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 21:07:29 (permalink)
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    I don't drink that much anyway so won't affect my wallet that much.But yet again the decent people that can have a civilised drink have to pay for the idiots who don't know when to stop.
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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 21:09:10 (permalink)
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    As with any price increase its bound to affect those who are on a lower income that those who have plenty to spend, thus would it realy work in the long run?
     
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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 21:19:53 (permalink)
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    As with all this s**t, if it cut the amount of alcohol being bought the government would s**t themselves. More BS to tax us dressed up like it's for our own good.

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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 21:53:51 (permalink)
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    So have another two then?

    Why would I kick his arse ? I ment what I said. I'd love to be able to express myself like him

    Verbally of course. Booze grants the power to do such things, it's just the following day when you read it back that it doesn't seem quite so expressive & elegant

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 22:03:51 (permalink)
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    Trident

    As with any price increase its bound to affect those who are on a lower income that those who have plenty to spend, thus would it realy work in the long run?


    Though IMO lower incomes are more likely to be drinkers as they lack the income to sustain other hobbies. It's an easy go to. Part of the reason you can tell you're in a low income area is because there's always pawn shops, bookies and off licences in close proximities. It's uncomplicated and easy, a low income audience is a captive audience. These simple social outlets keep the population largely docile and self contained.
     
    Me, I cannot afford to drink and don't need the sore head with a young family. I had a beer at a Vaccines gig which was my first since New Years Day.
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    Re:The 50 pence per unit of alcohol thing. Would you drink less? 2011/04/07 22:05:37 (permalink)
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    Not really...I only drink the odd time, tho drink to get drunk, wont have any effect on the outcome on the overall population on  health, wont discourage young drinkers, those that want to drink will find a way.
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