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article image'Happy Hour' May Be Done In Britain

By Can Tran     Nov 22, 2008 in Health
Due to concern of a possible spike of drinking related deaths, “happy hour” might be banned in drinking establishments across Britain.
Health officials are concerned of a possible spike of drinking-related deaths such as liver disease or liver cancer. As a result, Britain is thinking about doing away with “happy hour.” This is in hopes to curb a possible spike and epidemic in drinking-related deaths amongst the youth.
One can ask: What is happy hour?
Happy hour is the designated period of time during the day up until the early night. It can last from about one hour to four hours at least. During that time, there is a discount on various alcoholic drinks.
So far, it is illegal in the Netherlands. Ireland has banned it since 2003. Glasgow, Scotland has banned happy hour.
Now, Britain is contemplating about banning happy hour. It was triggered by a trend in binge drinking within the last few years. Mainly teenagers to young adults have been taking part in the big drinking.
So far, a lot of money is being poured into an initiative to raise awareness. Also, they are focusing on the crackdown of underage drinking.
Out of concerns of people in their 20s and 30s possibly dying of liver-diseases due to alcohol, happy hour could very well be banned. Nothing is for certain, yet. But the British government is greatly concerned.
Asides from the possible ban of happy hour, the government plans to go as far as to crack down on drinking games.
In Britain, you may have to say goodbye to happy hour and goodbye to the drinking games at the pubs and bars.
Overall, the talks on the ban is aimed towards the determent of underage drinking and binge drinking.
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