I saw a news item on the BBC about this and the presenter produced a lovely graph showing the relationship between prices and consumption from 1900 to the present day.
He went on to say that in 1914 strict licensing laws were introduced which cut consumption and this trend continued until the 60's when consumption started to rise and prices fall.
Now I may be wrong but wasn't it about 1914 that we had some sort of war, then afterwards a flue epidemic that killed millions, then a depression, then another war about 1940, which lasted a couple of years, after that nobody had any money for about another 10 years till the economy started picking back up.
So let me have a think? could this have any thing to do with a fall in consumption, or am I missing some thing.
Also forgot to mention, who was it that introduced 24 hour drinking against the advice of Doctors, Police, medical experts, who all said it wasn't a good idea to have 24 hour drinking as it would lead to increased consumption.
Some people shouldn't be in charge of a car park never mind run a country.
is of course unfair to most folk who like to drink but are in control and do not cause disruption to the rest us the population and harm to them selves
It seems to me that a sure fire way of targeting abusers is to remove some of their personal spending power. One way to do this is the charge those that present themselves to A&E with self harm related conditions for any treatment. After all serious sports players I believe carry some form of injury insurance do they not?