VOX SHOP

11 July, 2008

Should superstrength lager be banned?

"Lager is there to be enjoyed in moderation.

You have to draw a line and sell it responsibly. As a retailer you get to a point where you say repeat sales of certain drinks will be refused, but I don't agree with an outright ban. We don't have many customers that abuse it, and why should the

responsible ones suffer because it's being abused by others?"

Raj Bhambra

Bodyfuel Off-licence, Coventry

West Midlands

"You can't blame superstrength lager for encouraging dangerous drinking -

I think that's a bit naive. I have a lot of customers who enjoy superstrength responsibly; most are professionals who simply like the taste. Spirits can be just as dangerous if they're not drunk in moderation."

Dafydd Morris

Cheers Off-licence, Swansea

"We sell superstrength lagers because we think customers should have the choice. It's not just homeless people or irresponsible drinkers who drink it

-

businessmen

buy

it, too. Lager with 4% abv can be just as dangerous if people drink lots of it. It's up to the individual to decide how and what they drink."

Kris Starvec

Down The Hatch, Bournemouth

Dorset

"We are losing customers because the council bans us from selling superstrength.

But customers should be free to choose . Making can sizes smaller is a way around

the problem, but it shouldn't just be banned."

Ahmet Taram

Regency Off-licence, Pimlico

central London




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