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Cameron pledges to tackle late-night binge-drinking

Published:  21 August, 2009

Conservative leader David Cameron, plans to tackle Britain's binge-drinking culture by cracking down on late-night businesses selling cut-price alcohol and increasing duty on high-strength drinks.

In an aim to encourage responsible drinking and lessen alcohol fuelled violence, Cameron pledged serious changes to the Licensing Act which would significantly raise duty on strong lagers, ciders and alcopops.

"Loss leaders," in supermarkets could also be banned and shops and kebab houses would be stopped from selling spirits and strong lagers after pubs and bars have closed.

He also aims to make it easier for retailers to lose their licences if caught selling drink irresponsibly.

Cameron said he is increasingly concerned about "lax" licensing laws and the easy access to cheap drinks bought at late-night shops that are playing a part in cases of violence and other street crime.

He said: "Drink-related violence and crime are a massive problem in our country."