The first draft of a new by-law that seeks to ban the sale of cheap alcohol is due to be discussed by The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities on Friday.

The bylaw, if implemented, would make Greater Manchester the first area in the UK to ban the sale of alcohol at less than 50p per unit.

Any off-licence, pub or nightclub found breaking the rules could be fined up to £500.

Council chiefs believe the model would significantly cut hospital admissions in the region and encourage a national minimum alcohol price.

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