Public Drinking in London-The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Posted Sep 28 2008 5:55pm
Police are put under more strain as the public drinking saga continues. A recent ban on public drinking on the London Underground saw a huge ‘last night party’ which resulted in arrests and closed stations. Although there were only minor incidents, some 4000 revellers were set to enjoy their last night of freedom with plenty of alcohol in tow.
The London Underground Party
A message set up on social networking site Facebook, invited the masses to attend a party at Liverpool Street Station at 9pm and drink on the Circle line until either the tube closes or the police move them on. This not only puts a strain on police resources but affects people’s use of public transport meaning they can’t enjoy themselves in fear of drunken gangs running riot. The police and officials believe it was the best policy to ban public drinking on the underground especially after a recent clash between drinking football fans and the police.
If the London Underground users are seen carrying or consuming alcohol on board after June 1 2008 they will infringe upon the ban. Despite staff admitting they have neither the power to fine passengers or confiscate the alcohol, the general public are pleased the ban is in effect. As far as the tube is concerned, there was rarely any trouble and once again banning doesn’t necessarily mean the drinking will stop.
Drinking In Public Around The Globe
The UK has a major problem with public drinking but are lagging behind other countries who already have similar bans in place to great effect. There is the inclination that culture plays a large part in whether public drinking becomes a problem or not. In Japan drinking in public is allowed but is saved for social occasions or with family. In Denmark, drinking in public is commonplace at weekends and festivals and drinking on public transport is unregulated although extreme behaviour is rare. In Australia public drinking is banned and most adhere to the ban.
There is much controversy over how the ban will improve ‘binge drinking Britain’ with many assuming it is the responsible drinker that will be treated unfairly such as, the engaged couple drinking a glass of champagne on a park bench rather than the brazen football fans looking for a fight. If you want to have a drink on the way home from work save it for the pub.