Monday, January 02, 2006

Boodah Rules - Apparently

He seems a bit old to be tagging the promenade with graffiti I though but at least his boxer dog appears to appreciate his efforts. If the slogan “Boodah Rules” pops up anywhere else in Westgate then we know who to ask.

Looking back for a moment at impact of alcohol and binge-drinking on the New Year celebrations which overwhelmed the London Ambulance Service I wonder if government should simply raise the level of taxation on drinks over certain alcohol content and reduce it on those that are low or alcohol free. Thus the popular “Extra Strong” brews that lie in tall stacks along our 24*7 local supermarket shelves might be priced out of the range, of some of the same people that I see still drinking on trains or along the streets in the mornings. Perhaps this sounds like prohibition but if my favourite whiskey was priced-up and the result led to less binge drinking among the young that would be a price I’d be prepared to pay.

Put another way, with the shocking figures out on the number of children that now have to be treated in hospital for alcohol abuse, government needs to do something urgently and stop mumbling its discredited mantra on the arrival of responsible drinking in a twenty-four hour café society. This isn’t France or Spain and British have always had an endemic problem with the over consumption of Beer or Gin, all the way back to the Middle Ages.

3 comments:

hog's view said...

What a good idea !, although the drinks industry would probably object !. Sadly, I imagine people would also say that it's their right to get smashed on high octane boose. If people substituted responsibility for right, what a difference that would make, but then you have infringed their rights.......

Anonymous said...

I dont think that just raising taxes etc would work . I think that we would just see more booze comming in from france . I would like to see drinking in open public places banned , and a zero tolerence approach from the police or wardens .

Anonymous said...

with regard to the above post I would just like to see some police or wardens who are nothing to do with traffic