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UK bans drinking games


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As reported by AP.   Maybe this is good for Thai tourism.  Maybe TAT will take this and run with it. 

LONDON - Bar-going Britons may soon be bidding goodbye to their country’s all-you-can-drink deals, as well as some of their more outlandish drinking games.
The government said yesterday that it was banning irresponsible promotions and boozy contests such as the “dentist’s chair’’ - where alcohol is poured directly into customers’ mouths - in an effort to tackle Britain’s binge-drinking problem.
The government says the ban will limit binge-drinking, but health specialists say the nation’s deepening alcohol problem would best be tackled by imposing higher minimum prices on Britain’s cheap booze.
The raft of new measures is “better than nothing,’’ according to Carys Davis, spokeswoman for Britain’s Alcohol Concern charity. But she said the restrictions “seem tame’’ compared with what the government could do by ending pricing practices that result in alcohol selling for less than water. “You’d be hard pushed to find a health organization that doesn’t support minimum pricing,’’ she said.
Britain’s alcohol consumption has risen by 40 percent over the past four decades, although per-capita drinking is still lower than in many other European countries, including Russia, Spain, Germany, and France.
Specialists say that Britons’ binge-drinking ways are increasingly putting their health at risk.dingbat_story_end_icon.gif

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As reported by AP.   Maybe this is good for Thai tourism.  Maybe TAT will take this and run with it. 

LONDON - Bar-going Britons may soon be bidding goodbye to their country’s all-you-can-drink deals, as well as some of their more outlandish drinking games.
The government said yesterday that it was banning irresponsible promotions and boozy contests such as the “dentist’s chair’’ - where alcohol is poured directly into customers’ mouths - in an effort to tackle Britain’s binge-drinking problem.
The government says the ban will limit binge-drinking, but health specialists say the nation’s deepening alcohol problem would best be tackled by imposing higher minimum prices on Britain’s cheap booze.
The raft of new measures is “better than nothing,’’ according to Carys Davis, spokeswoman for Britain’s Alcohol Concern charity. But she said the restrictions “seem tame’’ compared with what the government could do by ending pricing practices that result in alcohol selling for less than water. “You’d be hard pushed to find a health organization that doesn’t support minimum pricing,’’ she said.
Britain’s alcohol consumption has risen by 40 percent over the past four decades, although per-capita drinking is still lower than in many other European countries, including Russia, Spain, Germany, and France.
Specialists say that Britons’ binge-drinking ways are increasingly putting their health at risk.dingbat_story_end_icon.gif
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I love this statement "the government could do by ending pricing practices that result in alcohol selling for less than water". All I want to know is where can I find alcohol for less than free water out of my tap?

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I agree there is a massive problems over here regarding binge drinking, but its mainly kids and young adults (18-21) that do it. They think they can out drink all of their friends, mix that with peer pressure and voila, the outcome can be horrific.

Lets just say an off license changes their 8 cans for a fiver, to 8 for 8pounds, they are still going to buy it, if they raise it further more to 8 for15pounds then the kids would be the only mugs stupid enough to buy it, or alternatively just steal it.

Raising the prices seems the easy route, because then the government makes more money, instead of investing money, time and effort into how these kids are getting their hands on the alcohol in the frst place, and how to make it harder for them to get it.

The most popular way for kids to do this, is to get around 20 of them together, all go into the shop at once intimidate the shopkeepers until they serve them.

I think a mass culling is in order...I dont really.....hmmm...lol

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Imposing higher prices or taxes --> black market booze will flourish --> downward spiral of tougher measures of a desperate government attempts to minimize the illegal booze trade

...or could it work?

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