I like a drink, I rarely drink to excess and I have never ever caused trouble when drunk, fallen over once or twice, but never injured anyone including myself. Some people can’t handle their drink and do cause trouble though, however that’s no good reason to either ban alcohol or make it prohibitively expensive. We have laws to deal with drunk and disorderly behaviour, if they were properly enforced then the situation of public drunkenness that gets the righteous so up in arms wouldn’t be an issue. As it is, the police are either doing paperwork to justify their existence or chasing motorists, a far easier target.
This is South Wales.
TIGHTER controls on the sale of alcohol are desperately needed in Carmarthen — over fears boozing is creating a health time-bomb.
Latest figures show there are 105 licenses across the town and 90 of those are in the south ward of the town.
Town and county councillor Arwel Lloyd who represents the ward said the licenses are made up of pubs, restaurants and off licenses and takeaways.
He added: “We are looking to stop the number of problems stemming from the sale of alcohol,” he said. “We have allowed 105 licences to sell alcohol. To me that doesn’t make too much sense.
“In a town this size, when we are trying to sort out issues of antisocial behaviour, we have all these alcohol licenses making the situation worse.
“We need to look at the current process and need perhaps more co-operation between various organisations and local people that are affected by the decisions being made.”
There has also been a call for alcohol rationing on a county wide level to tackle the problem.
Town and county councillor Peter Hughes Griffiths, leader of the Plaid group on Carmarthenshire Council, has suggested a study be commissioned into the problem. He said there was concern about alcohol licensing, adding: “We have to do something about this.”
As far as I’m aware drinking is not a crime, nor is there a limit on the number of Off Licenses and outlets in any town, that there are 105 licenses suggests that there is a market for them. Nor is it or should it be the concern of councillors just what people drink or the state of their health. If people are wrecking the town when drunk they might have a bit of a point, however for those who do drink to excess, if they cause a nuisance whilst drunk, lock them up, simples.
But no, the politicians, quango’s and fake charities that get so much of our hard earned cash have to be involved and tell us what we can and can’t do. Personally I say sod em! What I do with my body is my business, not theirs, never has been, never will be. If I want to drink myself into an early grave that’s my business too. That I choose not too should give them pause, adults are capable of making rational decisions with their lives without their help, that we do would put them out of a job, so that can’t be allowed now can it, so they come up with excuses to interfere.
A few days before a full meeting of the county council, Councillor Huw Lewis had suggested rationing alcohol should be seriously considered, saying: “By rationing no one would be able to have more than what is considered suitable by medical officials.”
And, at full council, he said: “We will have to regard alcohol as we do any other drug to ensure that no one is able to provide more than is permitted by the experts.
“There are far too many lives being threatened from the sale of alcohol. Because we sell more alcohol we create more social and physical problems.
“As long as we allow people to drink more than is reasonably permitted that problem will continue to grow.”
He added: “It’s high time we faced up to the situation and ensure that this doesn’t continue into the next generation. This is going to call for a great deal of guts from councillors of all parties.”
As far as I’m aware there is no laws which limit the amount people drink so God alone knows where Huw Lewis is getting his ideas from, nor does rationing work, people will just drive to where rationing isn’t or people will smuggle booze in. Nor as I have said should it be the concern of the council as to who is drinking what or how much.
Normally I would suggest to the good folk in Carmarthen that these idiots should be voted out of office, save only that some people will go for the idea that somehow or other this is a good idea. Perhaps we should just let them get on with it until its abject failure, save only that they are likely to try ever more extreme methods to make it work.
Why do we vote for these cretins?