Editor's Opinion: Should alcohol sales be restricted?
THE concern among Nunsthorpe residents regarding the proposed sale of alcohol at 7am opens up a debate over the availability of drink.
If it is common practice for stores to sell alcohol at all times of the day and night, and it would appear that is the case, then Lincolnshire Co-op can hardly be blamed for seeking permission to sell during their opening times. They are a business and will want to match nearby shops in sale times.
However, it does raise the issue about just how available drink should be to the public?
Does this 'open all hours' approach to its sale actually encourage more people to buy and drink, encouraging an even greater problem with drink in our society?
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Well, it certainly will not do any good and that is what the 120 or so residents on the Nunsthorpe estate believe.
They believe that another store on their estate selling alcohol for longer will simply encourage more people to hang around on street corners, with bottles and cans in their hands.
This is clearly a national issue and one that maybe needs looking at again.
The Government must take a lead on this one – however, there again, it wants all the money it can get and the revenues brought to it from the sale of alcohol are considerable!
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