16 January 2013
Britons drinking less overall but problems remain
Figures from the British Beer and Pub Association suggest that the total amount of alcohol Britons consume has fallen at its sharpest rate in 62 years - despite a surge in 'problem drinking'. While hospitals treat more cases of liver disease and alcohol-related injuries, last year saw the biggest fall in drinking since 1948. Total consumption among over-18s in bars, hotels and restaurants dropped six per cent year-on-year. Meanwhile, the Scottish government unveiled a scheme to enforce minimum pricing. Supermarkets will now be forced to charge at least 45p per unit of alcohol.