“The easy availability of cheap alcohol is encouraging ever greater numbers of people to drink unsafe amounts," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary.
Commenting on ONS reports today that reveal the number of people dying from alcohol is on the rise, while people from managerial and professional jobs drink more than those in manual jobs, Don Foster said:
“The increase in the number of people dying because of alcohol clearly shows we are facing a serious health crisis.
“The easy availability of cheap alcohol is encouraging ever greater numbers of people to drink unsafe amounts.
“Today’s reports also shows there’s a danger that the country is in the grips of a hidden middle class drinking epidemic.
“Current measures to control drinking are not working. Stopping supermarkets from selling alcohol at pocket money prices would be a powerful tactic in stemming this increase.”