What an interesting read your Mirror is this week (December 7) regarding alcohol.
It had to happen, didn’t it? Sooner or later the general public were going to say ‘enough’. But has anyone given this any serious thought rather than just emotive reactions to individual circumstances?
When we look at the effects of alcohol, they’re wide ranging, everything from harmless placidness to downright violent raging beasts.
It can turn the most temperate person into an insane animal and every alcohol user (including myself) has to understand and accept that.
Personally, generally, I don’t enjoy being in the company of an inebriated person and I haven’t been in this condition for many years.
I enjoy a few drinks, but stop well before this point and I also recognise personal behaviour changes.
I waited for a reaction to crate day. I knew it was coming and participants have to accept that they are collectively responsible for any bans etc that may be imposed.
But users aren’t the only ones at fault here.
Bar owners and other liquor licence holders also have to take a swift self uppercut.
The practice of scalping their clientele leads people into smuggling alcohol into various venues and concerts.
At a concert a couple of years ago, I paid $72 for 12 cans of beer.
It’s unlikely that I’ll go to another, but if I do,I’ll be doing my very best to smuggle alcohol through the gate and have no conscience about doing it.
The other practice in some bars is to water down the spirits. They’ll deny it, but it’s a fact. My spirit of choice is bourbon and I’m particular and sensitive to the mix. I can tell the difference when diet ginger ale is used instead of standard ginger ale.
So when I’m served a glass of weasel water at the bar, I know, and to add insult, you have to pay premium prices for it. Hence why a lot of people get tanked up before they go to town.
It is truly offensive behaviour. One other aspect to bar management is the standard of some of the local bouncers.
I’ve personally witnessed many disgusting incidents that have been deliberately provoked by them and I believe they should always be under CCTV surveillance.
How I would love the town to return to those great days of supping a mull wine while walking the streets during Mardi Gras and likewise similar behaviour at New Years, but sadly we know, it just ain’t ever gunna happen again, sigh.
These days sadly, I would actu- ally welcome an alcohol ban in town. I think it is often out of control and sometimes dangerous, as evidenced by the death of a good friend from a one punch king hit.
This of course would be unlikely to happen, given the losses to local business owners, and we will always be known as a ‘party town’.
Alcohol restrictions or not... Queenstown is always going to be known as a party town.