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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Exclusive: Credit crunch puts plans to shelve cheap alcohol on ice
Plans to ban bargain booze have been shelved – because of the credit crunch.

Ministers wanted to impose minimum alcohol prices to end below-cost deals on beer, wine and spirits in supermarkets and stores.

It was feared the deals were fuelling the binge-drinking culture and the hope was that a price limit – expected to be about 35p per unit of alcohol – would also make it too expensive for youngsters.

But the deepening economic gloom has prompted a rethink.

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