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House wine to be no stronger than 12.5%

The Government plans to reduce the alcohol levels in house wine served in bars and pubs to be no stronger than 12.5% to curb binge drinking. In a meeting with the alcohol industry ministers looked at ways to cut the amount of alcohol drunk in Britain by a billion units a year. Lower alcohol products will be promoted to customers and super strength beer will be stopped from being sold in large cans. Conservative MP Phillip Davies attacked the plan as complete nonsense, saying why should responsible drinkers be denied the drink of their choice because of a lunatic minority? Home Secretary Theresa May said alcohol-fuelled harm costs taxpayers £21million a year and it is therefore right that the alcohol industry is taking action to help reduce this burden, without penalising those that drink responsibly.