Alcohol minimum price recommended

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A UK-wide minimum price on drink should be introduced to curb alcohol misuse, a report has urged.

The Alcohol Commission, which was set up by the Labour Party in Scotland, has recommended a ban on selling drink at below the "floor price" of the cost of production, plus the cost of duty and VAT. It said a levy on alcohol retailers should also be considered, to help pay for emergency and alcohol-related services, and there should be a limit on the number of licences in each area.

The body wants an end to drinks companies being allowed to sponsor sporting events. A total ban on alcohol advertising should be considered, it said.

The commission warned that the Scottish National Party's plans for minimum pricing of alcohol in Scotland could lead to a black market for alcohol transported over the border.