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Low Price of Beer in U.K. Vexes Anti-Alcohol Groups

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Low Price of Beer in U.K. Vexes Anti-Alcohol Groups

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Low Price of Beer in U.K. Vexes Anti-Alcohol Groups

Low Price of Beer in U.K. Vexes Anti-Alcohol Groups

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Beer costs less than bottled water and soda in many British supermarkets. Anti-alcohol campaigners aren't happy about that. They are calling for the government to impose higher taxes on booze, and make it less easily available.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

The shortage of hops does not seem to be having much effect in Britain, and that's a problem according to some health advocates. Beer is cheaper than water in Britain. Many British supermarkets are selling beer for less than bottled water or soda. And that is our last word in business today.

Anti-alcohol campaigners and are not happy about the low prices and they're calling for the government to impose higher taxes. They also want to make beer a little less easily available, but that may not be so easy in a country that prides itself on its drinking culture.

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