A town has launched a campaign to stop the sale of super strength alcohol in what is believed to be the first initiative of its kind in Britain.And how is this going to work?
Off-licence owners in Ipswich are being asked to remove strong beers and ciders from their stores in an effort to tackle alcohol abuse.Oh, indeed. It’s always voluntary, isn’t it? At first…
Big chains including Tesco, the East of England Co-Op and McColl newsagents have signed up along with smaller independent retailers to voluntarily remove the products.So, is it unanimous? Well, no. Of course not.
The campaign, backed by Suffolk Police, NHS Suffolk, Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council, is targeted at beers and ciders with an alcohol volume of 6.5 per cent and over which are often sold cheaply. There are 130 off-licences in Ipswich, 53 of which will be super-strength free following the launch.And the other 77 will simply rake up the extra custom. No doubt pressure will be brought to bear on them after a while.
And if they do indeed cave in, well, then, people who want to buy super-strength lager will just….get on a bus or a train, I guess…
The town has seen four street drinkers murdered in the last three years, and police say the scheme could not only help those who depend on alcohol but also the wider community and those tasked with clean-up operations.That’s the rationale behind this? It’s to ensure tramps don’t kill each other, and police officers can spend more time investigating the moon* and paramedics can attend people who’ve burnt the toast instead?
For that, we’ll start to strip away our freedoms?
A statement on behalf of the campaign said: "The negative impacts associated with super strength alcohol are significant for the consumer and the wider community, but also for the public services who deal with the consequences."That’s what they are paid for.
If you really want to bring overindulgence to a screeching halt ‘for the sake of the
And if they can’t pay, put them to work, digging holes and filling them in again, if there’s no real work to be had.
H/T: Arfur Daley via Twitter and *Robert Hale via email