Tuesday, January 19, 2010
England: New rules to curb drinking games
ChristiansAgainstProhibition mentioned this in the comments section and I thought it was worth posting. Britain has announced new regulations for alcohol that will take effect in April. Most of them appear to be common sense (eg. bar staff will no longer be able to directly pour booze down customers' throats). This is a good example of something I think we often overlook when we are pushing for drug policy reform. As we're pushing for drug regulation, we should also encourage a reexamination of how alcohol is regulated. Here are a couple of my thoughts:
- Large bars & clubs should have at least one bartender fully trained as an addictions counsellor
- Liquor establishments should be required to post warnings about the harms of alcohol
- Significant advertising restrictions for alcoholic beverages
- Warning labels on all alcoholic beverage containers. (Not the small print warnings presently found on beer bottles, but rather large warnings with graphic images of the harm caused by alcohol. For example, a photo of a crumpled car, a woman with a black eye, etc.)
These are just my opinions of course, and not the official LEAP position. What do you think? What kind of warning labels would you design?