Vice Squad
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
More Bad News for British Alcohol Liberalisation

Yesterday Vice Squad noted that opposition was mounting to the impending liberalisation of hours restrictions on alcohol sales in Britain. Today's story from the BBC about the number of people who end up in hospital accident and emergency rooms from alcohol-related problems adds a log to the anti-liberalisation fire:
Researchers from St George's Hospital Medical School in London found four in 10 [weekend] admissions were alcohol-related, rising to seven in 10 after midnight.

And lead researcher Professor Colin Drummond has warned the introduction of 24-hour drinking would make the situation worse.
So far, though, the British government is sticking with its liberalisation plan.

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