“..Only cheap and nasty drinks would be affected by setting a minimum cost – says Ross Bell executive director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation.
John Key is not convinced a minimum price for alcohol would work.
By his own admission, the Prime Minister doesn’t understand how the system would work.
That was made painfully obvious when he claimed a minimum price would change the quality of alcohol people drank, not the amount.
That is simply wrong.
A minimum price works by setting a baseline cost per unit of alcohol in a drink.
If a bottle of wine has seven standard drinks in it then under a minimum price scheme – the smallest amount you could pay for it would be seven times the baseline cost.
If the Government were to set the minimum price for alcohol at $1.50 – a reasonable and workable price – it would mean a seven-standard-drink bottle of wine could not be sold for less than $10.50..”
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