Time to tackle grog problem
THE banned drinkers register is to be re-introduced again in September but does it go far enough?
I have lived and worked in this fantastic place for over 40 years and not much has changed in that time, except for Gove which introduced a photographic ID system that required you to attend a government-operated office to apply for a licence to purchase alcohol. This ID was linked by computer to every liquor outlet in town. The BDR is a great weapon in stopping excess consumption by those who could not care less how much they consume or indeed how much alcohol costs — an imposition on those who do not do the wrong thing.
Therefore, pricing of alcohol isn’t the answer because as I am reliably informed, (a drug addict will pay the going price). Drug users and alcoholics will steal, cheat, badger and when totally out of it, they will injure each other, themselves, loved ones, medical carers, police etc.
Let’s not stop at the bottle shop suppliers ... why not include clubs, pubs, nightclubs and any other outlet that may escape my reasoning. I really can’t understand why anyone who is on the banned drinkers register can still enter a pub, club or any other licensed premises and still obtain alcohol. There is a loophole here that needs looking at.
John, Rapid Creek