OK the pictures appearing in the mainstream media are typical and we have all witnessed the inexplicable behaviour of our young people. I must declare an interest because in my time I have sunk some stuff! I remember some of my more extreme exploits in the army which today make me wince.
The difference is that no matter what state I was in I always got myself to safety. Not once in a career of over indulgence in alcohol have I ever needed the assistance of the police or the medical profession.
The photos in the papers are horrific mainly because it generally involves scantily clad females. I cannot understand the culture that insists that the young have to drink until they are utterly incapable. It must cease but our politicians just ignore it. They actually created it with the introduction of Tony Blair's 'cafe culture' 24 hour drinking Bill.
This cannot be allowed to continue. It is not the price of alcohol that is the problem. It is the attitude of the young to alcohol. They don't just go out to get drunk they try to empty their brains. They want to act in an irresponsible manner so that it excuses disgusting behaviour and the next day they glory in it!
It is time to call a halt. We must stop them harming themselves and inconveniencing everyone else. They must be made to pay for the treatment that they receive. I would suggest that if they cannot control themselves then they should face a fine.
If the police or the medical services are involved in any capacity then I believe that a £200 penalty should be imposed. It then gets doubled for every subsequent offence until they get the message!
We must get tough for their own good. Once they fear the fine they may just get responsible. Then they can brag that they are on '£800' so they cannot afford a further offence!
It is the only language that they understand. It will give them 'street cred' and possibly save their lives. We just need some action from those 'plebs' in Westmonster!!