Minimum alcohol pricing is regressive

Christopher Snowdon appears on BBC Radio 5 Live

Christopher Snowdon appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss a minimum charge for alcohol.

There are so many reasons not to implement this policy. Mr. Snowdon argued that it is a regressive way of charging for alcohol, it targets those on low incomes, it is illegal under EU law, and it fails to understand why people drink in the first place. From a free market perspective the government shouldn’t fix prices because it is up to the individual to drink responsibly. As long as you have alcohol you will have alcohol related problems, pricing will not fix that. Therefore the best thing to do is to focus on those who are actually asking for help.

Listen to the full programme here. Segment begins at 07:34.00