Keep eye on effects.
Figures released today show the reasons why so many people are worried about changes in licensing laws.
The number of drink related deaths in the North East has shot up by 28%, well above the national average.
And there is little doubt the culture of drinking to excess rather than to enjoy has grown significantly.
Opponents to the new licensing laws fear an increase in binge drinking binge drinking An early phase of chronic alcoholism, characterized by episodic 'flirtation' with the bottle by binges of drinking to the point of stupor, followed by periods of abstinence; BD is accompanied by alcoholic ketoacidosis–accelerated lipolysis and and in alcohol-related health problems such as cirrhosis cirrhosis (sərō`səs), degeneration of tissue in an organ resulting in fibrosis, with nodule and scar formation. The term is most often used in relation to the liver, because that organ is most often involved in cirrhosis. .
However, the Government claims the move to more continental-style licensing rules will create a more relaxed nightlife night·life
Social activities or entertainment available or pursued in the evening.
Noun culture and reduce the rush to drink in time for last orders.
Many families and lives have been devastated dev·as·tate
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. by alcoholism and yet it does not get the same attention as drugs or smoking.
A number of education initiatives are in place to get the message through to youngsters. There has been a crackdown on cheap drinks promotions, so-called Happy Hours, although more could still be done in this area.
More help needs to be provided to those whose drinking is out of control while individuals do have to take responsibility for their own habits.
Hopefully, the Government view will prove to be the case but if not then they should not be afraid to change the law again.
TODAY is the 60th anniversary of victory in Japan ( VJ Day.
It is important this anniversary continues to be marked. It will not be long before there are no survivors of the conflict but future generations must not be allowed to forget the sacrifices made so they could enjoy a free life.
We salute all those brave servicemen who fought to bring peace to the world.