UK lawmakers get tough on alcohol

UK lawmakers have asked for minimum prices on alcoholic drinks, mandatory health warnings on labels

A minimum price per unit of alcohol could bring down consumption and reduce the number of people whose deaths are linked to drinking.

The UK's alcohol consumption has increased by 40 per cent in England since 1970. The Home Office estimates that the violent crime fuelled by drink costs the UK 12bn pounds a year.

A minimum price of 50 pence a unit would save an estimated 3,000 lives each year, said the panel, whose members come from all three of the main political parties.