Four per cent of UK drinkers who have the most harmful alcohol consumption habits account for a third of all the alcohol drunk in the country, public health chiefs have revealed.
The “staggering” statistic was revealed as part of evidence to MPs on the potential impact of a 50p minimum price per unit of alcohol in the England.
Doctors said the change would benefit the two million people in this group by making very strong alcohol less affordable.
Director of alcohol, drugs and tobacco at Public Health England (PHE), Rosanna O’Connor said a minimum price police would “exquisitely target” the strongest, cheapest alcohol – typically high strength ciders – with negligible impact on moderate drinkers.
“A staggeringly small group of people, about four per cent of the population, are drinking just under a third of the alcohol consumed in the country, about two million people.