Support To End Sales of Super Strength Alcohol Exaggerated
9:42am 5th October 2013
Wessex FM reported earlier this week on a campaign trying stop sales of super-strength beers and ciders in Weymouth.
It's a joint project between Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, Dorset Police, Public Health Dorset and Dorset County Council's trading standards service, and it's aim to limit the ability of people who want to drink on the streets from buying beers or ciders with over 6.5% alcohol content.
The campaign states it aims to get all stores that sell alcohol in Weymouth to voluntarily remove the products from their shelves.
However, we've been told by local businesses that support for this initiative has been exaggerated and that all stores will not join as it's flawed.
We spoke to Luke Mansell, proprietor of Charlbury Food and Wine who says it's a good idea but "without a complete blanket ban of the product it won't work, because all you'll do is you'll pass the trade from one shop to another. For this to really strictly be in place the Government need to restrict the strength of brands of beers and ciders, but the problem still won't go away."
He's worried about the push to remove the products, "We don't want to be pushed into the corner by the Council because it's a high percentage of our sales. They're aiming to cut down on street drinking, this still gives the opportunity though to a street drinker that can buy four cans of 6% lager, and you can't tell me that they're not going to get drunk and still cause a problem."