Govt Steps Up Anti-Binge Drinking Campaign

The UK Government has announced its latest steps to curb binge-drinking.

Plans unveiled by authorities could see an end to generous drinks promotions and a tightening of identity checks.

Pubs and clubs in England and Wales could face bans on "all-you-can-drink" offers and speed-drinking competitions.

Publicans would receive heavy penalties or jail terms if the guidelines are broken.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson said there was a "duty to act".

Under Tory proposals, local councils would be handed the greater responsibility to deal with "problem" bars and clubs.

Mr Johnson said all establishments would be required to demand ID from anyone who looks under 18.

Pubs and clubs would also have to ensure free tap water was available.

"We don't want to ensure that people... on good incomes can just carry on as normal, but responsible drinkers on low incomes are hit," said the Home Secretary.

"These practices have a real impact on society, not to mention the lives of those who just want to enjoy a good night out."


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