Tesco backs minimum price for alcohol to curb excessive drinking

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 24 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2789
  1. Cherrill Hicks
  1. 1London

    The supermarket chain Tesco has said it would support minimum pricing for alcohol, after a poll of its customers which found that nearly 70% thought excessive drinking was one of the most serious issues facing the country. The new coalition government, however, seems to have dismissed the idea on the grounds that at present it is not “evidence based.”

    In an article in the Daily Telegraph (May 21), Tesco’s chief executive Sir Terry Leahy said he welcomed the plan to ban the sale of alcohol below cost, outlined in the coalition government’s five year policy programme.

    “I pledge that we will support Government-led action to make this happen across the UK,” he wrote. But he went further by pledging to “support any future discussions on a minimum price for alcohol.”

    In a statement the …

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