Others have taken apart the Southampton University study that prompted all the renewed fuss but suffice it to say that I'm not really surprised at a finding that people who drink a lot spend more on alcohol. However, I am reassured by the response on minimum unit pricing for alcohol here from people who actually work with alcoholics every day - here's Vicki Beere, operations director at Project 6 in Keighley which works with people with drug and alcohol issues and their families:
"I guess it is disproportionate on the poorest people who are dependent on alcohol. Some of the possible consequences are people not being able to afford their level of alcohol use which puts them at risk of withdrawal which can be fatal. It puts them at risk of illness, risk of crime - they may feel the need to commit crime to fund their alcohol use. It also puts them at risk of poor nutrition, people have to make choices between eating and drinking, and poor physical health," says Vicki.
"We welcome the debate but would really like to see rather than increased investment in this - to influence minimum pricing will take a lot of time and money - we would rather see the money diverted into increased treatment and support for people suffering from alcohol issues and an increased profile of the prevention agenda."
Sadly Bradford Council's officer - seemingly making up policy on the hoof - simply parroted the new puritan line.