Tuesday 3 June 2014

Banning pub crawls - now that'll work!


Yes folks, this is what the Government is encouraging with £90,000 worth of funding for the National Union of Students (NUS):

Boozy pub crawls such as the famed Otley Run in Leeds could be banned in a Home Office pilot scheme to crack down on binge drinking.

The 12-month Alcohol Impact Scheme was set up by the National Union of Students (NUS) to curb binge drinking and anti-social behaviour on campus.

It aims to stop pub crawls between university bars and also ban them beginning on university campus.

So these ghastly little tin-pot student gauleiters have decided that they'll stop the pub crawl!I wish them luck. Unless something has changed recently, young people don't need someone to organise their drinking escapades - the pubs are there and they'll parade from one to the next down Otley Road.

As the Yorkshire Post point out, drinking isn't really the problem the Home Office seem to think it is (this is though a reminder about Theresa May's inappropriateness as a future Conservative leader):

...official figures from the NHS and Office of National Statistics showing that drinking among students is actually in decline.

New figures show the number of 16 to 24 year olds who drink once a week has dropped from 71 per cent to 50 per cent between 1998 and 2012.

But hey, let's not let facts get in the way of a nice grant, eh!



Flaxen Saxon said...

When has actually 'banning' anything, ever worked?

V Hale said...

"ban them beginning on university campus"

How can they do this? Considering they're not shutting their bar down, how do they know if groups of students there aren't going to go on their pub crawl afterwards (to non university pubs)?