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Drunk Tank

Emily Atack Investigative Reporter

When I rolled in from the pub last night Mrs E was watching young Emily investigating young people drinking;

I can't think what made me pause and watch a little as she prattled on about the need for minimum pricing (without mentioning the problem of the EU making that illegal) and watched in amazement as caring ambulance people looked after feckless drunks.
The solution isn't minimum pricing, it isn't more education, it is enforcing the law that has been around for over 100 years.

Licensing Act 1872 Penalty on persons found drunk (Section 12) Every person found drunk in any highway or other public place, whether a building or not, or on any licensed premises, shall be liable to a penalty..
Section 1 Licensing Act 1902 provides: If a person is found drunk in any highway or other public place, whether a building or not, or on any licensed premises, and appears to be incapable of taking care of himself, he may be apprehended and dealt with according to law.
Prohibition of sale of liquor to persons declared to be habitual drunkards
Section 6 of the Licensing Act 1902 provides: Where a person is convicted of an offence mentioned in the First Schedule to the Inebriates Act 1898 and such person has, during the period of twelve months immediately preceding the date of the offence, been convicted on three occasions of an offence mentioned in the said Schedule, the court may order.....

Get tough on the drunks who cause the problems. We don't need more handwringing legislation and prohibitions, we need someone to enforce the ones we already have.


Sorry to have to point this out, but the Acts you refer to were scrapped by that nice chap, Tony Blair, in his efforts to convince us that 24 hour drinking was a good thing and would make the 1960s dream of Cool Britannia a reality...

The new Licensing Acts are badly written, badly drafted and almost unenforceable.

(TE - I stand to be corrected but I believe the parts quoted are still the law and were not scrapped.)

Drinking too much at that age! who would have thought? Lets be honest, this is about sex pure and simple. Everyone in that little video drinks till they can barely walk and then has sex with one or two of the other in the group. I am 40 years older then anyone in that video and I don't drink. However if a couple bottles of wine was all it took to get one of those young ladies to spend the night with me I would consider it money well spent. So call it a "drinking" problem if you will but, really!
Ditto for drugs. If it were possible to take sex out of the picture drug use would drop by 90%.

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