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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 Ineffectual Laws and Booze

A key plank of the Government’s plans to tackle alcohol-fuelled disorder introduced two years ago has still not been used. According to Christopher Hope of the Telegraph (16 10 08).

A general consensus would be pertinent. If a law is passed then it is worthy of being used. So why after 2 years of enforcement drinking banning orders are not utilised? The banning orders were specifically designed to bar repeat offenders for up to two years, straight forward enough so far.

However, junior Home Office minister Alan Campbell said that no such orders had been made since the Violent Crime Reduction Act became law in 2006. Furthermore he argues that the orders had not yet been commenced under the Act and the implementation of them had been “delayed in the light of recent developments”.

The statistics state excessive drinking is responsible for 15,000 deaths and 800,000 hospital admissions in England each year. Even more alarming is the fact that British teenagers are regarded according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) as being the worst in the world for binge drinking.
Don Foster of the Liberal Democrats states “Even the legislation that is available isn’t being effectively used. There is legislation available to tackle the problems on our streets, and it should be used.”

With reference to the article using the Freedom Of Information Data there has been a 46% increase in alcohol-related anti-social behaviour incidents. Can anyone make sense of the so called laws that exist?

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