I have read about breweries being asked to sell their beers in third pint and two third pint quantities. Although this is not a bad idea, I think there is a better way we can do this.
If the Government is really serious in cutting down drinking they could also change the tax structure. Let me explain.
All beers over 4% alcohol.
The only way these beers could be legally be sold is in one third of a pint glasses, or 250ml whichever is preferred. In addition, 20% could be added in duty for beers over 4% alcohol and 20% taken off the duty for all beers of 4% alcohol or less. This is a 40% difference in the duty price.
This would encourage beer producers to make more lower strength beers for the British market. The lower priced 4% or less beers would encourage people back into the pubs for their pints. In other words, if you want a pint you have to buy a beer of 4% alcohol or less.
This would encourage drinkers to go back to drinking for the sheer pleasure of the taste and not for the effect of the alcohol.
All wines over 10% alcohol.
Once again, we could restrict the size of all glasses of wines over 10% by making it illegal to sell these in anything larger than 125ml (six glasses to the bottle). And once again, we could increase duty by 20% for all stronger wines, and reduce by 20% for the weaker wines.
This would encourage wine producers to make more lower strength wines for the British market. The lower priced 10% or less wines would encourage people to drink more sensibly. And, if the pub wanted to serve larger glasses of wine, it would have to be for wines of 10% or less).
Again, this would encourage drinkers to go back to drinking for the sheer pleasure of the taste and not for the effect, or quantity, of the alcohol.
I have arrived at this solution on the understanding that we cannot rely on the good offices of the breweries and wineries as they care more about the health of their profits, than the health of their customers. This way, customers will demand the lower priced beers and wines and the manufacturers will ignore these demands at their peril.
Those that know me will know that, as a libertarian, it is alien for me to consider any method of control by governments in any way whatsoever. However, I live in the present world and know that there is no way that politicians are going to talk their way out of their fat salaries, huge expense accounts and inflation proof pensions to introduce a libertarian society where they would be redundant.