Wednesday 24 January 2018

Publicans' latest plan doesn't take account of tech-savvy youth

Publicans argue quite convincingly, it may be said, that drinking in a public house is drinking in a 'regulated environment' as opposed to the unregulated consumption of alcohol in the home.

Promoting the pub as a 'responsible' place to drink might seem strange to people of a certain generation, but this was taken a step further by the Vintners Federation of Ireland's decision to encourage parents and their children, who are over the legal age limit, to use the pub as an alternative family venue.

This is, of course, a matter of self-interest for publicans, who have seen their trade decimated by cheap off-license sales, the smoking ban, the crackdown on drink driving and the changing culture of young people who no longer include the pub as part of their social life.

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