Closing time

Signboard outside Forries

On the 1 Jan 2011, Cape Town moved a little closer to being in a “nanny state”. The new¬† drinking laws have put even tighter restrictions on when restaurants and pubs can serve alcohol.

If the local government really think that it is going to make any difference to alcohols consumption, they clearly have been consuming too much alcohol themselves. This is just 5 years after the UK have relaxed drinking laws.

I wonder how much binge drinking will happen just before 11pm?

5 Responses to Closing time

  • Hi Craig
    This is the universal problem of responsible people wishing to get on with living and that of those who simply do not care. In any society there are rules and it is when the behaviour is tipped against the responsible that the burden of correcting the irresponsible falls to those of us who do know how to respect others who share the same environment. The relaxation of UK laws still acknowledges each case on it’s specific merits and places greater burden on the Publican NOT to serve those who are unable to control themselves. If those who are deemed to be responsible citizens show no regard for what happens outside of their narrow interests, then it must fall to the custodians of the public arena to ensure that you are not rendered dysfunctional by a drunk driver; that you are able to get 4 hours of sleep at night; that you can expect not to be part of the horrific human tragedy around the consumption of liquor. I guess at the root of it all there is a case to be made for the fact that if we all took collective responsibility for the abuses which frequently occur, there would be no need for the hardening of City Hall’s attitude and legal response.

  • Thanks Graham, good comments. But my question holds, is it going to make any difference?

  • We do see a lot of binge drinking in Sweden, never a pretty sight. The laws about drinking has changed in Sweden in recent years, but I don’t think peoples behaviour has changed one bit.

  • Yes that is my point. I don’t believe that legislation is going to change people’s drinking habits.

    The USA even tried banning alcohol and that did not work either. In fact prohibition “stimulated the proliferation of rampant underground, organized and widespread criminal activity”
    (although they did parly stop prohibition for the tax revenue).

    You need a basic change of underlying values to change people’s attitude to alcohol.

  • Laws in Germany about drinking alcohol are very light. For example alcohol is sold in normal shops. And I remember, when I came to Australia it was a big surprise for me, that they have liqueur stores. I think it doesn’t make any difference. People drink.
    It’s a social probrem. Parents have to be a good model. And people must have a perspectiv.

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