Proposals to tackle under-age and binge drinking revealed

    Plans to tackle the culture of binge and under-age drinking have
    been announced by culture secretary Tessa Jowell and Home Office
    minister Hazel Blears, writes Clare
    Jerrom.

     

    Local authorities and police will be given greater powers to
    change the culture of binge drinking and combat the problem of
    sales of alcohol to under-18s.

    Measures in the consultation document include:-

    • A drinking banning order for anyone who has been issued
    with three fixed penalty notices or has three alcohol and disorder
    related criminal convictions. This civil order would exclude the
    individual from pubs and bars for a fixed period of time

    • An extension of fixed penalty notices to cover under-18s
    attempting to buy alcohol and staff in premises who serve people
    who are drunk

    • A review of penalties associated with alcohol related
    offending to ensure the right penalties exist.

    Blears said: “The proposals outlined today go hand in hand
    with our drive against antisocial behaviour and disorder on our
    streets, making our communities safer places to live and
    work.”

    ‘Drinking Responsibly: The government’s
    proposals’ from
    www.homeoffice.gov.uk/inside/consults/current/index.html

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