James Nicholls

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The New Alcohol Strategy Raises Some Old Questions

(0) Comments | Posted 25 March 2012 | (20:13)

If the government's new Alcohol Strategy was brought forward to deflect attention from a badly-spun budget, then the plan worked. Last Friday, headlines were dominated by the announcement that a minimum unit price would be introduced to tackle binge-drinking and alcohol-fuelled violence.

That minimum pricing was initially conceived...

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Minimum Pricing for Alcohol at a Tipping Point

(1) Comments | Posted 8 March 2012 | (21:16)

A week is a long time in politics. Last Friday I wrote a post for this blog which said David Cameron was warming to the idea of minimum unit pricing for alcohol. By Monday, reports were circulating that he had defied opponents in his Cabinet and announced his...

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Who is Driving the Booze Bus?

(1) Comments | Posted 5 March 2012 | (09:22)

Recently, David Cameron called binge drinking "one of the scandals of our society", but who is to blame: drinkers or the drinks business?

That is something the government will wrestle with as it prepares to launch its Alcohol Strategy in the next few weeks. In 2004, when Labour launched...

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