Although UK pubs and bars are currently banned from serving alcohol to someone who is already drunk, the majority of the British public believes that this law is not enforced strictly enough, our poll has found.
- 79% of people believe that the ban should be enforced more strictly.
- By contrast only 15% think that the law does not need more enforcement.
The results come amid media coverage of an inquest into Tiger Tiger in Portsmouth when staff spotted that he was ‘potentially intoxicated’.
The next morning his body was found floating next to the beach at the Hot Walls in Old Portsmouth. Pathologist Dr Basil Pardue informed the inquest that the cause of death had been drowning, and that toxicology tests on Staight’s body showed he had four and a half times the alcohol drink-drive limit in his blood. Although the coroner, David Horsley, has announced it was an ‘accidental death’, Dr Pardue said ‘he would have been very drunk for a young person. Clearly that is relevant in how Richard entered the water.’
Our data suggests that much of the public would welcome enforced legislation that might help prevent individuals becoming intoxicated to such an extent.