Charity calls on councils to ban super strength beer
A homelessness charity has called on other councils to follow the lead of a Suffolk local authority which is aiming to rid its city of super strength alcohol.
Ipswich Council this week announced the start of its Reducing the strength campaign which calls on licensees and retailers to stop selling lager, beer and cider with an alcohol volume of 6.5 per cent or more.
Homelessness charity Thames Reach says super-strength drinks are responsible for more deaths among homeless people than heroin or crack cocaine.
Chief executive of Thames Reach Jeremy Swain said: ‘There is no place for super-strength ciders and lagers in society today.
‘They have been proven to cause massive health and social problems and we call on towns and cities across England to emulate Ipswich and curtail their sale.’
Following the charity’s campaigning, from October 2011 the government increased the duty on beer that is more than 7.5 per cent alcohol to raise the price by 25 pence a can.
The move by Ipswich Council is supported by the Suffolk police, Suffolk NHS, Suffolk County Council and East of England Co-op.
Thames Reach is about to start research with homelessness charities across England to establish how many deaths are being caused by super strength alcoholic drinks.