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Al­co­hol, or at least abuse of al­co­hol, has fea­tured in our pages with dis­turb­ing reg­u­lar­ity in the last few weeks.

From large num­bers of drink driv­ers, to un­con­trolled par­ties in pub­lic places and be­hav­iour of peo­ple at pub­lic events - there has been plenty to be ap­palled at.

It has sparked a con­ver­sa­tion in our of­fice. Should we place fur­ther re­stric­tions on al­co­hol? A zero tol­er­ance to driv­ing af­ter drink­ing? Liquor bans? Alcoholfree events?

I am un­sure whether this is the right an­swer. And I’m quite fond of the odd glass of wine so I don’t re­ally want to see more re­stric­tions. But if peo­ple can’t con­trol their drink­ing, if they in­sist on be­com­ing in­de­cent hu­mans or putting them­selves and oth­ers in dan­ger, then maybe as a so­ci­ety we do need to front up and look for some so­lu­tions.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and share them with our read­ers. Please email me at deb­bie.jamieson@fair­fax­me­ or have you say on our Face­book page.

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