PLANS for a minimum price for alcohol have been welcomed by the Welsh Government — though Cardiff Bay has said they do not go far enough.
Westminster has launched a public consultation on introducing a minimum 45p per unit price for alcohol in Wales and England in an attempt to curb binge drinking and booze-fuelled anti-social behaviour.
The Home Office is also considering banning multi-buy promotions in shops.
The 45p proposal is 5p higher than the figure suggested by ministers in March — but the Welsh Government has said it would like to see a 50p minimum introduced, as the Scottish Government is proposing.
A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Whilst the UK Government proposals to introduce a minimum price of 45p per unit of alcohol is a step in the right direction, we believe they do not go far enough and need to be set at a level that will have most impact on those vulnerable groups who consume alcohol excessively, namely 50p per unit of alcohol.
“As devolution of alcohol licensing is not devolved to Wales, we will be feeding into the consultation to make our views known.”
He added that Cardiff Bay was also running a campaign called “Don’t let drink sneak up on you” to raise awareness of the dangers of drink.
The Home Office said the targets of the proposed policy were “harmful drinkers and irresponsible shops”, adding that “those who enjoy a quiet drink or two have nothing to fear from our proposals.”
The 45p minimum would mean a can of strong lager could not be sold for less than £1.56, and a bottle of wine below £4.22.