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article imageBinge Drinking in Scotland a Serious Problem

By M Dee Dubroff     Mar 6, 2009 in Health
In an attempt to stem the rising problems associated with alcohol abuse, Scotland has established some new drinking laws. Will they help? Only time and enforced sobriety will tell.
In an attempt to stem the rising problems associated with alcohol abuse, Scotland has established some new drinking laws. Will they help? Only time and enforced sobriety will tell.
Scotland’s licensing laws have remained unchanged for the last three decades; that is, until now. Determined to tackle Scotland's binge drinking culture, tougher enforcement and a wider range of sanctions are needed and will be enforced by the new Licensing Standards Offcers (LSOs). Pub staff members will also have to undergo mandatory training. One very big concern is underage drinking, which will hopefully, be greatly curtailed by stricter regulations that demand a “no proof, no sale” system.
According to news sources, the new laws in Scotland go even further in the attempt to crush the terrible ramifications of the binge drinking culture that has taken hold within its boundaries. Now residents of a particular area will have more say in the process of determining who can sell alcohol, and licensing boards have to regularly determine whether or not there are too many licensed premises in any one area. What authorities deem as “irresponsible promotional activities” will no longer be permitted, and drinks have to be sold at the same price for at least 48 hours.
It is believed and fervently hoped that the increased cost of the drinks and a ban on specific irresponsible promotions that encourage binge and speed drinking, such as two-for-ones, will curb alcohol consumption. Deputy Finance and Public Services Minister, Tavish Scott, said:
“The statistics underline the need to improve Scotland's licensing laws.
There is no doubt irresponsible drinks promotions fuel the violence and anti-social behavior, which blight communities in Scotland. It is a simple fact that some promotions encourage many people to drink more alcohol and they therefore help contribute to our grim record in this area. By removing promotions like these, we move closer to protecting young people and…helping to make Scotland a safer place to visit, live in and socialize."
The Scottish National Party's finance spokesman, Alasdair Morgan, said:
“Scotland's drinking culture is a national disaster, and so we must all move forward together to address both the supply and demand for alcohol especially amongst the young.”
Here’s to you, Scotland for addressing your problem and attempting to deal with it.
We won’t drink to your health, but we will… pray for it.
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