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Falling Beer Prices

By Paul Harris
4th January, 2009

As reported on the BBC News website, the pub chain, JD Wetherspoon, is to cut the price of a pint to just 99p. Other beverages and meals are to have their prices slashed too in an attempt to get cash-strapped Britain spending money in their pubs. Great news?

  No so say Alcohol Concern, the alcohol-related illness charity. Their view is that cheaper beer prices equate to higher numbers of people with alcohol-related illnesses in our hospitals.

  Once again, we are back to that same old Nanny State issue. On the one hand, you have a mostly responsible magnitude of people that would be only too happy to be able to afford to socialise in our pubs. While on the other hand, you have a bunch of people who clearly think that raising the price of a pint is directly correlated to decreasing alcohol-related illnesses.

  Do these people not think that maybe, just maybe, their continual insistence of telling us what is right and wrong might actually be the underlying reason why young people in particular defy the goody-good views?

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