Supermarkets are continuing to slash the cost of some alcopops, cider, beer and wine despite Chancellor Alistair Darling’s Budget-day increases in duty. Many are absorbing the rises themselves and continuing to use cheap booze as a “loss leader” to draw in customers, despite fears they are fuelling binge-drinking and contributing to drunken violence and health problems. Deborah Cameron, chief executive of drug and alcohol treatment agency Addaction, said it was a scandal. The Sunday Times 30/03/08 page 6