A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Victoria has suggested that prices of liquor should be raised sharply to contain the excessive drinking among young people but also said that it should be given for free to homeless.
With the number of alcohol related deaths rising in British Columbia, the researchers said that price plays a very important role in how much drink or drugs is consumed, especially among young men and women.
The researchers tabulated the prices of cheap liquor available in the market and found that it costs just around 58 cents for strong beer in private liquor stores while the price is slightly higher at 77 cents in government stores.
The researchers suggest that prices of cheap and potent liquor and drugs should be increased sharply but at the same time start government managed programs to distribute free alcohol among homeless in order to prevent them to turning towards rubbing alcohol, mouthwash and antifreeze.
Commenting on the study, a health ministry spokeswoman said, "The province continues to review its minimum pricing policy in an effort to ensure a good balance is struck between trying to address the misuse of alcohol and the interests of consumers who use alcohol responsibly."