Two interesting pieces of news this week, that perhaps, just perhaps indicate that attitudes here in the UK are mellowing, particularly towards beer.
The first news item was in the Daily Telegraph (a well respected ‘broadsheet’ newspaper – you know, a serious one that doesn’t feature celebrity gossip) regarding the possible creation of a ‘booze zone’ away from the main town centre to allow anti-social drinkers to indulge themselves without upsetting shoppers.
I worked in Colchester, the town in question for a while; it’s a garrison town, and while I don’t think it has more drink problems than other towns, there are areas in the town’s pedestrian precincts that drinkers tend to congregate in.
Basically, the local council is proposing to create a ‘wet area’ where drinkers would be allowed to congregate and drink, without upsetting shoppers. Currently, the local Police confiscate drinks and move drinkers on, but they inevitably re-congregate within a few hours with a new supply of lethal-strength cider or lager.
I don’t condone anti-social drinking, and I’m fiercely against any ‘nanny state’ mentality that seeks to restrict people’s personal freedoms, but I’m also concerned at sweeping social problems under the carpet.
I’m curious, what are your thoughts, on this ‘wet zone’ proposal? In a public setting, should drinkers be given a designated area separate from non-drinkers?
The second piece found on the BBC, concerned the relaxing of glass sizes for alcoholic drink. Until the introduction of this legislation, beer could only be sold in Pints, Half Pints and, recently Thirds.
The proposal with regards to beer is to introduce a new ‘two thirds’ measure, which will be slightly larger than an ‘American Pint’ (and remember British Pints are 20 oz while American Pints are 16oz).
The proposal has been well received by all parties, and on reflection I can’t disagree. There are times when you don’t fancy a pint, but maybe fancy a bit more than a half; and I can think of several craft beers where you need more than a half to fully appreciate the complexity.
Again, what are your thoughts about relaxing of glass size standards when it comes to beer?
Bob the Brit