‘It would be better if alcohol was just served at pubs’

RESPONSIBLE Louise Bastable and Cliff Charter in the Golden Eagle in Southsea
RESPONSIBLE Louise Bastable and Cliff Charter in the Golden Eagle in Southsea
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My partner Cliff and I have been joint tenants of The Golden Eagle for 18 months now.

We have raised money for charity and give the chance for upcoming artists in the Portsmouth area to play every weekend.

We are the pub of choice in our community.

People will come out to our pub for the sociable aspect, a chance to meet new people and make friends. But, due to pub prices it is cheaper to buy alcohol from a supermarket and I want this to stop.

What people around the country do not realise is when you come to a pub and order a pint of beer, you are paying that much due to beer tax.

The campaign we are a part of is trying to stop this. The Campaign For Real Ale (Camra) and Fullers have the signatures they need but the government is refusing to debate it. To be honest, it makes me quite cross.

Because of the tax on beer, people can buy cheaper alcohol and drink at home. And they don’t realise how much they actually drink.

People tend to drink before coming to the pub.

As landlady and landlord, Cliff and I are the face of regulated drinking. We can judge if they’ve had too much to drink or not. But, sometimes all it takes is one extra drink, from us, to top it up.

It is a sad reflection on our society that there is a need for binge drinking. But this is happening due to there being easy access to cheap booze in supermarkets.

It would be better if alcohol was just served in pubs, but at a reasonable price.

Instead of drinking excessively, enjoy a sociable evening at the pub making new friends and meeting new people.