The Paul Rogers blog: Should the price of alcohol be increased to curb binge drinking?

THERE is no denying that there is a binge drinking problem in this country.

Whenever I go to court, there are many cases of people acting unlawfully that seem to stem from them drinking too much alcohol.

Whether it’s assaulting someone, causing criminal damage or creating disorder in the streets, alcohol does seem to be the excuse a lot of defendants use when they try to excuse their behaviour.

I for one enjoy a drink from time to time, and I admit, at times in my life, especially when I was a teenager, I have drunk a bit more than I should have done.

Of course, I know that it's not good for my health, but I have never caused any trouble while under the influence of alcohol.

I hope that I am a responsible drinker and know when enough is enough and it's time to go home.

But, I know that many people don't know when enough is enough, and drink so much that, not only do they put themselves at risk, but other people as well.

There are so many cheap deals in pubs, clubs and supermarkets that it's easy to get drunk without having to spend too much.

So I can understand why ministers are proposing putting a minimum price of 45p per unit of alcohol to try and reduce the levels of ill-health and crime related to alcohol.

And they are also looking at banning multi-promotions, such as two for the price of one.

But, in doing this, responsible adults are also being punished.

They might just enjoy a glass of wine a week or a few beers with friends, but, if the plans go ahead, they will have to pay more just because some people cannot drink responsibly.

Whether it has an impact on the licensing trade, only time will tell.

Not many pubs sell a pint of lager for less than £2.50 these days, and under the guidelines, a 750ml bottle of 12.5% wine will only cost from £4.22.

But it's the principle that will anger a lot of people.

However, if the price of alcohol is not increased, then what can be done to stop the binge drinking culture that is costing this country millions of pounds?

It's certainly an interesting debate.

What do you think? Feel free to leave your comments.

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2:02pm Fri 7 Dec 12

bobby47 says...

All of this is entirely due to the social engineering we have all undergone during the past couple of decades and I'd certainly blame the past Labour Governments for taking us down this path where any form of risk that includes, drinking, smoking and enjoying any social activity brings about the biting interprets and attention of lobby groups who are intent on destroying the heart and soul of our society.
The problem is when you emerge from your burrow and say,'please don't do that', the orgainisations infected by these lobby groups, scream their usual mantra, 'Lives are being lost because of these activities and the Public Services are being over stretched to deal with these self inflicted wounds'.
And what do we in society do in response to this madness? we open our mouths, suck there medicine in and we don't say a word. Not a peep of protest in case these same people brand us selfish and uncaring and then imply we are irresponsible for having views that we are not supposed to hold.
They'll produce facts that say this, that and the other are a drain upon our society and their minds are closed to the good things that little vices can produce. These things that 'they' want to stop bring people together in conversation resulting in a community gathering and that brings about friendship and unity. You can't measure these things and these others wouldn't even consider that they were a thing worth discussing and perhaps hanging onto.
They simply want a risk free society that does no thinking, has no idea how to gather together and form social relationships and worse, has no interest in doing anything that brings about happiness and a healthy free thinking society.
Me? I smoke. It's a hobby. I drink and I enjoy it and I gather with my friends who feel as I do and we rant and rave about those that want to strangle the life out of what's left of our community.
My warmest regards to you Paul.
All of this is entirely due to the social engineering we have all undergone during the past couple of decades and I'd certainly blame the past Labour Governments for taking us down this path where any form of risk that includes, drinking, smoking and enjoying any social activity brings about the biting interprets and attention of lobby groups who are intent on destroying the heart and soul of our society. The problem is when you emerge from your burrow and say,'please don't do that', the orgainisations infected by these lobby groups, scream their usual mantra, 'Lives are being lost because of these activities and the Public Services are being over stretched to deal with these self inflicted wounds'. And what do we in society do in response to this madness? we open our mouths, suck there medicine in and we don't say a word. Not a peep of protest in case these same people brand us selfish and uncaring and then imply we are irresponsible for having views that we are not supposed to hold. They'll produce facts that say this, that and the other are a drain upon our society and their minds are closed to the good things that little vices can produce. These things that 'they' want to stop bring people together in conversation resulting in a community gathering and that brings about friendship and unity. You can't measure these things and these others wouldn't even consider that they were a thing worth discussing and perhaps hanging onto. They simply want a risk free society that does no thinking, has no idea how to gather together and form social relationships and worse, has no interest in doing anything that brings about happiness and a healthy free thinking society. Me? I smoke. It's a hobby. I drink and I enjoy it and I gather with my friends who feel as I do and we rant and rave about those that want to strangle the life out of what's left of our community. My warmest regards to you Paul. bobby47
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