A coroner has urged people to drink “sociably and sensibly” in pubs after noticing a rise in deaths linked to cheap alcohol consumed at home.
William Armstrong, the Greater Norfolk coroner, said some people had drunk themselves to death with alcohol bought from supermarkets for less than £10.
He said: “From my perspective, there’s an increase in the number of deaths from acute alcohol poisoning where people have consumed massive amounts in one session and died from alcohol poisoning.
“Pubs, for the most part, encourage sensible, social drinking. Most people who have drunk themselves to death have not been drinking in pubs, they’ve purchased cheap drinks from supermarkets. People have died from alcohol poisoning which has resulted from them spending less than £10.”
Sue Coleman, of the Licensed Victuallers Association, said: “When you’re in a pub, you’re not drinking for the sake of it, you’re there for the social aspect.
“When you buy a drink at the bar you will be assessed by the bar person as to whether they think you should have any more. You don’t get that at home.”
Sarah Cordey, spokesman for the British Retail Consortium, said: “Supermarkets are the most responsible sellers of alcohol. They enforce Challenge 25 to prevent under-age sales, display 'Know Your Limits’ unit labelling and provide funding for the Drink Aware campaign. There’s no evidence to link the way alcohol is sold to problem drinking.”
If I want to drink myself to death it is my business and not yours. Fuck off and die in a fire.
We know what you want to happen. You want to make beer more expensive. If you want more people to drink in pubs get rid of the smoking ban you cunts.