Stoke-on-Trent residents criticise cheap drink nights

Here’s the first of two newsday packages which I was working on today – both of which were relating to alcohol!

Stoke-on-Trent residents have criticised cheap drink promotions in the area.

Offers such as ‘pound a pint’ nights and ‘buy one get one free’ have been blamed for encouraging binge drinking.

And people in Stoke-on-Trent say the promotions send out the wrong message to customers.

The debate was sparked earlier this week when a nightclub in Darlington was condemned for selling drinks at 69p. Police in Durham described the offer as “‘irresponsible”.

Police currently have no powers to control the pricing of alcohol. The government does have plans to tackle speed drinking and ‘all you can drink’ promotions, but there is still nothing firm on a minimum price.

Shane Bishop, landlord of The Graduate in Stoke, says pub promotions aren’t the problem.

He explained: “If students wanted to drink and binge drink, there’s nothing stopping them from going to an off-license and buying the bottles at the same price or cheaper.”

Listen to our audio report below for more views on the issue…

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