Britain considering controls on excessive drinking
Free drinks for women will be banned and free tastings of wine and beer will be limited as part of the British government's latest efforts to curb public drinking, according to a report in the Sunday Times, dpa reported.
The new proposals, drafted by the Home Office and the Department of Health, would also limit the ability of bars to offer drink specials at happy hours. Another proposal would require health warnings to be posted wherever alcohol is sold.
The newspaper quotes a Health Department spokesman saying that no final decisions about the proposals have been made yet.
According to the paper, the proposals are aimed at transforming social attitudes, delinking alcohol and sexual, financial and social success. That would mean ending drinking games organized by bars and a ban on drinks with suggestive names, like the cocktail Sex on the Beach.
The paper says the rules would be enforced under the nation's trading standards.