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a sobering thought!

30 June 2010

So, alcohol survived the emergency budget. However, many fear that this is a small rest bite before the storm that is sure to come once the Government has overhauled the Licensing Act 2003 as its attempts to tackle the binge drinking culture in our country.

Whilst we wait to see what happens MPs north of the border have voted through the ground-breaking Alcohol Bill which could result in drink promotions banned full stop, an ability to raise the age for buying alcohol, and “social responsibility fees” for retailers who choose to sell alcohol.

Whilst it seems unfathomable that alcohol will ever stop being a big part of British culture, who could have predicted a near universal ban on smoking in public venues across the EU. When will the shackles on the sale of alcohol stop tightening? Will it stop at prominent health warnings on packaging being mandatory or will a far more draconian hand be dealt to the industry?

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