minimum price for alcohol
Posted Tue Aug 03, 2010 05:06 AM
for those overseas i will explain this in a nutshell so you know how to answer in the event you know nothing about this.
our goverment here in blighty has decided that its a good idea to charge 50p per unit of alcohol, this would mean at least £6 for a 6 pack of beer £4.50p for a standard bottle of wine and so on, the argument is it will clamp down on binge drinkers/underage drinkers and alcoholics.
once again the majority are being penalized for the actions of the minority, i dont drink to excess nor do i binge drink. i like a nice couple of bottles of lager now and again, now it would seem i may not be able to do that thanks to this price hike idea.
as far as clamping down on these excessive drinkers goes, im not sure it will work anyone who is an alcoholic who doesnt think they are will continue to drink because they feel they have to.
underage drinkers if they was to club together buying a 6 pack or 2 would be easy between 4-6 of them, so again will the price hike stop them?
those of you here from scotland will know about this all to well as the current goverment has wanted this for sometime, the 2 opposing party's rejected the idea. but its still being pushed forward.
so how do people on here feel about a price hike on alcohol?
good idea it will clamp down on the excessive drinkers?
couldnt careless as i dont drink?
terrible idea as it wont work and will just make the odd drink i have more expensive
me personally i just think its another way to get more money out of people.
i could have made this a poll, but i didnt mostly because i just remembered you can do that here
Posted Tue Aug 03, 2010 05:13 AM
I have to say that its just another tax in my opinion, raising the price of alcohol won't stop people drinking, lets face it, if you want a night out, you're not gonna let it stop you are you?
when i go out for a bottle of wine, i'm spending at least £6 on one anyway and buy spirits in the duty free when i fancy them, raising the price of cigarettes never stopped me smoking and raising the price of petrol doesnt stop us driving.
They need to adopt policies to prevent binge drinking however, if you look to the continent where alcohol is for pennies, they have 24 hour drinking in some countries yet they don't forge a country of alco's.
They need to do something else in my opinion, more education perhaps on responsible drinking?
Posted Tue Aug 03, 2010 05:36 AM
i was talking to woman who works in our local co-op (grocery store) and she said we dont serve underagers we have the challenge 25 rule, but some local shops have more questionable practices who do serve underage drinkers and serve people who buy for people who are underage.
so in some cases its the shopkeepers who need to dealt with.
i did read in one town the police got some kids together ages 12-16 and sent them out to buy drink out of the ten kids i think 7 got the drink they asked for! one of those kids was just 12! the police then dealt with the shops in question. so a system like this can work.
Posted Wed Aug 04, 2010 07:45 PM
i agree, did you see my donte stallworth thread? the punishment for killing someone while driving drunk are a joke. 30 days is fucking disgusting.
Posted Wed Aug 04, 2010 08:29 PM
They've gone so far as to enact prohibition into the constitution years ago. It was an epic failure. Fucking people waving their morality flags trying to control others... Just the thought of it makes me want to start bending copper and building my own oak barrels. Fasterfingers Premium Las Vegan Bourbon has a nice ring to it. Black markets are cool.
Posted Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:40 PM
i met a guy (at a liquor store) that was going to jail (for the first time) for his forth dwi. i think he said 90 days.
i just dont understand why a judge would let someone like that keep endangering the public.
and in ny, the state will pay for a cab to take you home. hell, the bartender will even call them for you.
Posted Mon Aug 09, 2010 02:34 PM