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.