The drinks are on Tessa
Years ago, having spent some of my formative years living in Europe, I was convinced that a major realxation of the drinking laws would inevitably be a good thing.
That was before the massive increase in levels of alcohol consumption and the development of the binge drinking culture. Town centres on a Sat night can resemble a casualty zone and the problem has taken on frightening proportions.
But it is not just city centres that will be affected. Locally, even some country pubs have applied for late licenses and music licences - upsetting all of those who had previously happily co-existed with the pub. There may not be a problem with binge drinking but one thing that is for certain is that the quality of life of many people is going to change for ever