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Saturday, 24 September 2011
What should we do to lessen our alcohol intake?
is a problem that Governments have been mulling over for a
considerable time but find it difficult to mull over.
the price up is not really a good option, especially with the hard
times we know are looming over the horizons.
There are two
areas here, the people who drink in the street, and people who drink
at home. We need a two pronged attack as these are two different
cases. I will address the latter first. First
of all, there should be a very high tax on the licence to sell
alcohol in this country. But there should be an escape clause for
shops and supermarkets which would mean they don't have to pay this
very high tax if they sold their wine and beer as follows:
half of their wine should be sold in 75cl bottles. At least
three-quarters of the remainder should be sold in 50 cl bottles and
the remaining quarter of the remainder in 25cl or slammer bottles.
would mean that two people families could reduce their drinking of an
evening at home from three glasses each to two glasses each. A step
for middle Britain in the right direction.
don't worry about the low availability of smaller bottles. We, in
Britain are huge wine drinkers, the wine trade will quickly adapt to
the smaller bottles pretty quickly!
beer, we could restrict all cans and bottles to 25cl rather than
330cl or larger. People, initially, would just buy more but the
smaller bottles within a year or so being the norm will probably
reduce beer drinking as well. It certainly has on the continent!
to consider the people who drink in the streets. At present I believe
the police can fine them on the spot, and march them to a cash
machine of they don't have the money.
My solution is a bit more
drastic and could cost more, but this could be regained by the
perpetrator. I suggest taking them to the station for fingerprinting,
DNA collection, a night in the cells, and a magistrate court next
morning who could fine them a good contribution towards the cost, if
not all of it.
would hesitate to give them a criminal record though. Once a young
person has a criminal record, he is ruined for a decent job and might
think his only option is crime.
real punishment here for the more hooligan element here is the
fingerprinting and DNA collection. A lot of these people who drink in
the street could well go on to become criminals and might find this a