Publicans believe they are doing their bit to combat binge drinking and blame cheap deals at supermarkets for south Essex’s alarming drink related hospital admissions.I love that word: 'believe'.
Not 'claim' or 'say' or 'state'. Believe.
So the Righteous can then point this out as another mistaken belief, like the fallacy that the earth isn't warming. See, they can say, these people are mistaken. We're the ones who know best. Trust us!
Many establishments in Southend are taking precautions, such as training staff to spot potential risks before they become a problem.You and the others are wasting your time in trying to prove to people like the Righteous that you are co-operating with them.
Ben Levy, owner of Element nightclub in Alexandra Street, said: “Our staff are all trained not to serve anyone who seems intoxicated and to closely monitor those who are.
“We do not do special drinks promotions because not only do people get too drunk, but they also end up spending less per-head than if the drinks were normal price.”
And don't bother trying to blame others, either:
Simon Patterson, owner of Chinnery’s, on the seafront, and chairman of Southend Pub and Clubwatch, which represents 32 licensees across the town centre, said measures have been taken to fight the problems.There's an old saying: 'You can't reason someone out of a position, if reason didn't get them there to start with...'
He said: “Two years ago, we had a consensus in the watch to charge nothing less than £1.50 for a drink to try to stop bingeing.
“It works quite well, as there are no inclusive deals. They’ve all gone from our members’ premises, but you can’t stop people going to supermarkets.
“Pubs and clubs are doing their bit to make it a better place and it’s time supermarkets did the same. ”