ust 4% of the population consume almost a third of all the alcohol sold in England, according to healthcare data.
The figures emerged during a debate on a 50p minimum unit price on alcohol by a parliamentary committee on Monday.
Rosanna O’Connor, director of alcohol, drugs and tobacco at Public Health England (PHE) said: “Around 4.4% of the population are drinking just under a third of the alcohol consumed in this country. That’s around 2 million drinking just over 30% of the alcohol.”
O’Connor said the majority of the group were drinking very cheap, high-strength alcohol such as cider.
A three-litre bottle of cider containing 22.5 units of alcohol can be bought for as little as £3.60. If the 50p minimum unit price were to be introduced, the costs would jump to £11.
O’Connor said: “The result would be a significant impact on a small group of people. That’s why it’s such a targeted policy for such great health gains.”
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