07 May 2001

They are out to get you

Who would have thought that British consumers consider it a rite of passage to get trolleyed (very drunk) each weekend so that they will end up lying face down in public places - as famously exemplified by the Prime Minister’s son last year? Apparently the Home Secretary believes alcohol consumption by young consumers a terrible threat to society and has unveiled a new Criminal Justice and Police Bill, which is to curb drunkenness, drunken behaviour and under-age drinking.
To that effect, the police are to be given powers to close disorderly pubs and clubs for up to 24 hours without notice, citing noise nuisance as the reason for instant closure. People in the North West spend the most on alcohol, while Londoners buy the most bottled water and Scots the most fizzy drinks..

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