Should there be a minimum price on booze?
What's the best way to stop us all becoming raging alcoholics? Health warnings clearly aren't doing the trick because there's still a whole team of piss cans wobbling around Britain right now, asking you if you have any change for a fictional train or checking the phonebox swarth slot.
Up in Scotland (where they know a thing or two about drink problems), someone is suggesting that a minimum price for booze would have a "considerable" impact.
Dr Emilia Crighton, the convener of the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland, spoke after delegates at its conference voted in favour of minimum pricing. As such, the Scottish government is pushing for plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol.
Dr Crighton reckons: "Research suggests that 866 alcohol-related deaths each year would be prevented by the introduction of a 60p minimum price once the policy is in full effect. There is an overwhelming case that cheap drink damages Scotland's health record. As prices have dropped, consumption has risen."
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon welcomed the support for minimum pricing from "those at the sharp end protecting public health". She added: "Critics claim minimum pricing would raise the price of all drinks and punish moderate drinkers. But that just doesn't stack up.
"Almost all drinks in the pub are already sold well above any likely minimum price, so they wouldn't be affected. And if the level of the minimum price was about 40p per unit, the vast majority of supermarket wines, beers and whiskies would see no change in price.
"But the cheap white ciders and low-grade spirits favoured by problem drinkers would rise in price, to a cost that better reflects their high alcohol content. So it's a targeted way of making sure strong drink is sold at a sensible price."
As alcoholics are invariably more concerned about getting some drink in 'em, effectively, this new proposal will make booze hounds more broke... surely? That said, if the price of whiskey will remain unaffected, they might just have to change their tipple. What do you think?