I hadn’t been aware that the Scottish drink-drive limit had been reduced (from 0.08% to 0.05%) in early December. From Pub Curmudgeon:
In the sidebar, I say of the possible reduction of the UK drink-driving limit that “In my, view this is at least as much a threat to pubs as the smoking ban.” And it seems that I’m not the only one. In the weeks following the limit cut in Scotland, many pubs, clubs and bars have seen their trade drop off a cliff.
Paul Waterson, chief executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, said the law change would lead to a “complete change to drinking habits” and would be “bigger than the smoking ban.“Rural pubs especially are at risk because people travel to them,” he said. “This definitely will be a difficult situation for many. It’s having a marked effect.
“It stops people having a glass of wine with a meal or a pint with a meal. People are not taking the chance. It’s a game-changer.
“This is a very strict ban by anyone’s standards. We have lost three pubs a week since the smoking ban and this, for many, is worse.”
It seems that bars in golf clubs, which have a much wider social base in Scotland than south of the border, are especially feeling the pinch. These are classic examples of where the primary purpose of people’s car journeys is something else, but they take the opportunity to combine it with a drink in the bar. It’s easy to say “I could have told you that”, but from my perspective it seems that the cut was nodded through with the support of all four major political parties in Scotland and little organised opposition. The point must also be made that, if drivers have cut down, they must have believed they were obeying the previous law. Existing lawbreakers would be undeterred.
I’ve written before how the growing reluctance to drive after consuming any alcohol at all has been a major and largely unrecognised factor in the decline of pubs. However, a lot of it does still take place, even though commentators within a metropolitan bubble are reluctant to acknowledge it, and across the country there must be tens of thousands of pubs that derive a substantial proportion of their trade from law-abiding drinking drivers.
The Scottish smoking ban preceded the UK smoking ban by a year or two. So I think we can guess that the UK drink-drive limit will also be reduced in a year or two (regardless of what rubber-stamp party is in power). And there’ll be a new wave of pub closures. And perhaps golf club closures as well.
Perhaps they’re trying to destroy the hospitality industry?
Arrest drunks who clog up hospital A&E wards, says medical chief
The leader of Britain’s A&E doctors is urging the police to adopt a “zero-tolerance” strategy towards binge drinking that would see troublesome drunks arrested, charged and given a criminal record. Dr Cliff Mann wants police forces to mount campaigns over several successive weekends against those who are drunk and disorderly to try to reduce the numbers needing help from A&E staff, diverting resources from patients he said were “more deserving”.
Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, told theObserver: “If more people knew that if they got drunk they were going to be arrested, they wouldn’t drink in the first place and then end up in A&E. If more people knew that they were facing the prospect of a prosecution and having to pay a fine, that would be an effective sanction or deterrent to drinking too much.”
He said robust action by police would deter binge drinkers and help combat Britain’s worsening problem of “gratuitous consumption” of alcohol. “There’s far too much acceptance that this is normal for a Friday or Saturday night,” he said. “It’s not normal. It shouldn’t be normal.”
So now if you show up drunk at A&E you get arrested? Doctors have turned into policemen.
It can’t be long before they turn their attention to sex and drugs. Particularly since Britain’s heroic hookers and drug dealers have boosted the UK economy to 5th largest in the world:
Britain has inched out France as the world’s fifth-largest economy thanks to what The Telegraph calls “a shake-up” of the national accounts this summer. UK gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to total $2.828 trillion (£1.816 trillion) this year, compared with French GDP of $2.827 trillion, as The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said Britain’s acceleration was boosted by the inclusion of sex and drugs to UK growth (as part of new pan-European accounting standards). Official estimates show prostitution added about £5.7bn to the UK economy in 2013, while illegal drugs were worth about £6.62bn.
They ought to get medals.
I’ve been waiting for Taking Liberties to reveal the details of a embargoed new attack on smokers. But instead I report that a new poll has found that:
Asked to agree or disagree with the statement, ‘Owners of pubs and private members clubs should be allowed to have a private room for people to smoke in if they want to’, the 4135 respondents reacted as follows:
13% don’t know
P.S. Maybe this is what Taking Liberties was referring to?
Roll-ups are just as harmful as manufactured cigarettes
Smokers turning to roll-up cigarettes are being warned they harm the body just as much as manufactured smokes.
Public health officials found that male smokers using hand-rolled cigarettes had more than doubled from 18 per cent in 1990 to 40 per cent in 2013.
Women smoking mainly roll-ups went from just 2 per cent to 23 per cent in the same period, despite warnings that hand-rolled cigarettes are just as harmful.
The figures were highlighted ahead of a new hard-hitting campaign by Public Health England (PHE) warning smokers of the damage caused by their habit.
P.P.S. H/T Tony, UKIP 2014 THE MOVIE (3 hrs)