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Turning Back Time

by | 5th, March 2004

‘OF the many reasons not to want to return to 1970, the price of booze is just one.

‘And I’ll have a Baybcham…’

The long hair, the platform shoes, the flared trousers, the presence of Dana and Lee Marvin at the top of the hit parade and the fact that Chelsea actually won something that year are surely reasons enough.

But the Guardian reports that some of the country’s leading doctors are urging us to do just that, at least when it comes to bar prices.

A group of doctors is urging the Government to heap taxes on beer, wine and spirits until they cost as much relative to our disposable income as they did in 1970.

That would double the cost of a £4 bottle of wine, push beer up to £5 a pint and force the price of a bottle of whiskey up to £20.

The reason for this draconian recommendation is that deaths from cirrhosis have increased nine times among young men and women since 1970.

Alcohol is responsible for 150,000 hospital admissions a year and a

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