We Are Now NOT Allowed To Enjoy Life

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
January 5, 2011 5:04pm CST
I have read an article online that has really pissed me off. It concerns units of alcohol and the new (smaller) glass sizes that will be coming out in due course. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jan/04/pubs-serve-alcohol-smaller-glasses In a nutshell, this means that a pint of lager (as an example) will not exist as the glasses will be smaller. Does that mean the price of lager (or whatever) will come down? Not on your Nellie! Why can't we be left alone to kill ourselves if we want to? Why should the government dictate how much we drink? I don't think for one moment that it will solve the problem of binge drinking. In fact, I reckon people will be so confused over the new glass sizes they will drink MORE! Does your government interfere like this? Aren't politicians a pain in the rectum?
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• United States
6 Jan 11
Janey in my opinion they absolutely do not care how much we drink. See it is logical to them to cut the quantities but increase the prices as many will continue to drink and smoke no matter the increases and this my friend is their plan. To make items smaller so we buy more, buying more means higher prices and more money for them. They sure are a pain indeed.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Jan 11
I have some pint glasses and, no doubt they will become a rarity in future. I could start a pub from my front room selling pints only, do you think it would catch on?
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jan 11
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
6 Jan 11
I'd like to see the statistics in a year...five. I'm betting the goal isn't met, and if anything, binge drinking, etc. gets worse...and you'll be paying a higher price for the failed venture. Yes, the U.S. Government has gotten too big, too much in to my business, too much like a Nanny (which I do not want), etc. Hopefully, we'll roll back some of the stupid stuff over the next few years... If not, I'll be voting another way in 2012.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Jan 11
This Coalition were supposed to be into the "Big Society" leaving us to fend for ourselves, in effect. But, they've turned out to be entirely the opposite, interfering in everything we do and putting up the VAT (their latest gem) which affects practically EVERYTHING we buy. You won't know who he is but the biggest disappointment so far has been Vince Cable. He's gone from being the Darling Politician, a National Treasure to a has-been in it for the money like the rest of them. Thank God I didn't vote Lib Dem, I've never trusted them and this shower are proving me right. It's their hobby, going against their principles..sitting on the fence, blah-de-blah. It was one of my Resolutions to not rant as often..I guess I've broken that one already!!
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
6 Jan 11
I think it's a good thing to rant once a day (or more if necessary); it keeps the blood pressure down...
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jan 11
I've kept a diary for years as well..that always helps!!
• United States
8 Jan 11
oh yea.you're talking to an american.every other week they're deciding something isn't good for us.now they've decided "fast food is making americans fat". no,walking in there and eating that junk on a daily basis is. but they're adults and it's their money,if they want to eat it,who cares? just try having a smoke anywhere in the US anymore without somebody starting up. i can't imagine shrinking the pint as going over very well.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
8 Jan 11
The smaller glasses haven't been rolled out yet I don't think but this government won't wait for long so I guess it's only a matter of time. I can see many people (especially up North where we are) saying "What the f*ck is that?" and walking out. I hope they do, too! Over here you can't smoke on railway platforms and a lot of them are in the open air! Most people ignore a person who lights up but, no doubt, there will be others who can't help thinking "how dare they!" and ring a special number to grass 'em up. Seriously, it does happen! I also know of people who have been smoking in their gardens (smoking hasn't been banned in homes but I can see it coming) and their neighbours object, saying they are polluting THEIR air! FASCISTS!!
@derek_a (10903)
6 Jan 11
We are not aloud to kill ourselves! Well that really takes the biscuit! Or in this case, half our booze. It's the nanny state at work again I guess. I don't drink these days because I have over-done it in the past, but I wouldn't say that I've ruined my health or anything as back in the my 40s (how old are you!? I hear)... Back in my 40s I really got the idea that I had better stop my boozing and get fit, which is what I did do. I am pleased I did it, but it was my choice, because I experienced the damage I was doing.. The politicians didn't have to tell me and the boozey culture continued.... No, I don't need the government telling me what to do.. My own doctor doesn't tell me that! Good health Janey! Oh yes, if I haven't already said it to you, Happy 2011... _Derek
@djbtol (5501)
• United States
6 Jan 11
I totally agree that people of a legal age to drink, should be able to drink as they please - unless they start messing with other people. The cost of the drink and how it is given to customers is not the business of government. The bar owner can make changes, but he knows he will have to be sensitive to the needs and wants of the customer.
@hotsummer (10309)
• Philippines
6 Jan 11
oh i don't know how to respond to discussion without saying that may contradict to your post. but in a way we have the right to decide for ourselves. but i am not sure why your government is imposing this rule. and from where they are coming from to make this new rule. but i don't think it will be enough to discourage heavy drinkers. i am not against drinkers . i don't mind what ever the person decides upon his life as long as he won't be able to disrupt other people's lives by what he is doing.
@BarBaraPrz (18439)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
6 Jan 11
Two schooners equal one pint, if I remember correctly, but I could be wrong. So the price should rightly go down.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Jan 11
It won't though, this is Rip-Off Britain. One of my resolutions is trying not to moan about stuff but I just couldn't help it with this one!
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• United States
6 Jan 11
This is crazy! People should be allowed to drink as much as they please. People that are drinking know the consequences of it and since you have to be an adult it shouldn't matter. Next they'll be telling you how much toilet paper to wipe your rear with. Sounds like communism to me.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Jan 11
Don't give 'em ideas over the toilet paper, for goodness sake! They're on a Health Trip as well, dishing out £50 vouchers to encourage families to eat healthy foods. I'd be hard pressed to find a family with a "spare" 50 quid. What should be addressed is the price of healthy food in the first place. Why should it be cheaper to stuff your mouth full of chocolate and crisps as opposed to lovely fruit and veg..it doesn't make any sense.
• Australia
5 Jan 11
I totally agree with you that governments are taking their power too far and they seem to forget that they can and will be voted out at the next election. I think they are always looking for ways to bleed more money out of the people to line their own pockets and fix and build things that are not broken or needed. Maybe all politians should be voted out when they reach a certain age where their ideas and policies become out of date and give the younger generation a go at running the country so that there are fresh ideas that can keep up with the demands of what is and isn't needed.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Jan 11
Labour used to be slagged off for interfering too much when they were in power and this Coalition is worse! They just can't help themselves.
5 Jan 11
the one thing thar really pissed me off was the smoking ban. i am a reformed smoker, gave up on my 40th birthday, 22 years ago (wow how time flies ) but i think the total ban was over the top. i feel sorry for all those smokers banished outside in the cold. i know its their choice, but they pay large amounts of tax revenue to the government, just like the drinkers and the motorists. they are probably the ones keeping this dear old country of ours teetering on its feet. and dont we all pay through the nose for the privilege of politicians telling us what to do !!!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Jan 11
I don't smoke myself but my husband and my parents all smoke and I agree..this ban has gone completely over the top. I'm like Billy No Mates when John goes outside a pub to smoke..it's ludicrous. Bring back the extractor fans I say, they were brilliant!