Government drafts new laws to set out a minimum price for alcohol

The Government has drafted laws setting out a minimum price for alcohol in a bid to tackle harmful drinking.

The Bill prevents the sale of very cheap alcohol and sets out the requirement for health warnings as well as calorie counts on drinks containers.

Alcohol will have to be sold in a separate area in supermarkets and shops.

Health officers will also be tasked with policing the minimum pricing, health warnings and marketing and advertising of alcohol.

The aim of the legislation will be to prevent the below cost sale of alcohol, primarily in supermarkets, and is not targeted at the pub trade.

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