So, Britain just passed some law
that means bars can stay open (and serve alcohol) 24 hours a day if they want. There's been a lot of kerfuffle over here about this; At LAST say some, while others predict this is setting Britain on the road to more alcohol fuelled violence, mayhem, and all out catastrophe. Theres a lot to take in, and this author for one, is too busy thinking up his top 10 most HATED movies to go into them in any depth.
However, NFTM thought that one of the ways people have thought of to combat the rise in violence from drunken people is to...
A) Increase the price of alcoholic drinks
B) Provide that bartenders have stricter responsibilities serving people who are too drunk anywho (i.e. they don't).
C) Increase policing on nights when people drink most
D) Coordinate the extended drinking hours with an ad campaign warning of the perils of drinking and reiterating that drunkeness and disorderlyness will be met with a fine.
E) Open galleries for longer so as to give them something to do instead of drink.
Yup, you've guessed it, E is the answer
. I'm sure that people who would've been fighting, shouting, procreating, vomiting in the streets due to excessive alcohol intake would all take note that they could instead be looking at a bunch
, or perusing some Van Gough and leave the follies of alcohol behind them. Actually, the dangers of having a room full of so many boxes open at the same time people are pissed out of their tiny minds may actually see a rise in unwanted visitors to the gallery to interact with the exhibit in a way the artist never intended and you just KNOW they're not about to pay the suggested entry price.
Yes, art has its place, and indeed an enjoyable time can be had socialising whilst at a gallery, but is it really going to stop binge drinking in the UK???
This author thinks that such attempts will do like someone full of alcohol often does and fall flat on its face. Maybe in a pool of its own vomit.