A tax on alcohol would increase prices, thus causing individuals to be less inclined to buy alcohol, and therefore lower overall consumption of this good, which would positively impact society by lowering overall medical expenditure in England while also raising the money for the government to be put to better uses, perhaps even spending money to rehabilitate alcoholics.
I think raising the price of alcohol is a good idea. Although I think people in Newcastle, United Kingdom, will still drink, I think it might lower the number of people who get drunk. Since it is such a serious problem there, I think they should try it and see if that helps.
Reducing alcohol content should make it much safer to drink and avoid unfortunate incidents where people think that a small drink will be fine but it in fact contains a large volume of alcohol. Taste should be only minimally impacted and there are other ways to produce a delicious alcoholic beverage like fruit or changing the way it is brewed.
Lets make alcohol so expensive people have to steal for it! Haven't we learned from our mistakes with prohibition? How much more suffering in the world will need to happen before people wake up and realize that any form of prohibition or price controls only serve to make things worse?
Although alcohol may contribute to over two-thirds of emergency room visits on weekends in Newcastle, UK, the best solution is not to increase alcohol prices. Instead, efforts should go towards spreading awareness and bettering education on alcohol. Those who drink responsibly, a large amount of people, will be upset at an increase in alcohol price. Education would not only appease that population, but also help those who do not know their limits with alcohol.
If people want to get stupid drunk and kill brain cells, they should have every right. Free individuals should be free to decide what substances they wish to consume and what their body / chemical makeup is going to be. The state should have no control over substances, including alcohol.
Alcohol is a problem in many communities, but people who want to drink will find a way to pay for it. The city of Newcastle would be better served closing the bars earlier to limit the time people are out and about drinking. Once the bars close, people will still drink, but they will do it in their homes.