Tapsucker wrote:I've also come to appreciate the public health value of price floors (yeah, me). Having traveled in jurisdictions with absurdly low prices and seen some of the cultural problems. Europe in particular, where drinking is culturally very accepted and cheep alcohol is seeing quite a lot of abuse..
It is? You mention the UK. If we were to compare notes I've not seen this 'particularly European' pattern in many places of mainland Europe I have stayed (and in Germany alcohol is very cheap for its market.) Maybe I'm not looking critically enough, or I project my own sensibilities on what I see. Many lightweight drinkers that I know.
Far as UK people binging up at home, you think that's because UK pubs are getting pricey? Pubs would be a moderating environment. What you describe reminds me of kids boozing up on the cheap outside of super expensive Toronto Clubs. But it's depressing the UK looks this way today.
On the other hand, I have to appreciate that I am able to afford good beer...
A sure sign of wealth today!
Kids save your money, it'll add up. Even daily coffee house purchases add up to a nice new car every 15-20 years.