Prime Minister David Cameron has backed plans for local councils to introduce minimum alcohol pricing.
Cameron said that proposals by ten councils in Greater Manchester to introduce a minimum price of 50p per unit would be looked upon ‘very sympathetically'.
But he indicated that although he would support local decisions, he would not introduce a national minimum price.
In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, Cameron said: "I think the idea of the councils coming together on this is a good one and we will certainly look at it very sympathetically…
"Where there can be local decisions we are very happy for that to happen. It may be that we need to do something to help deliver the localist answer."
"Where I want to try and help is ending the deep discounting on alcohol. People going and ‘pre-loading', having bought from a supermarket where they were attracted by a price designed to bring them into the store."
By Neil Gerrard
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