To the wagon with you

A 20-year-old Worcestershire woman has been banned from every drinking establishment in England (and Wales).

After a series of booze-connected offenses, Laura Hall was served a Drinking Banning Order, which demands that she stay off the stuff and complete a government-approved alcohol-abuse course. A £2500 fine awaits should she backslide.

This is the interesting aspect, though:

Since their introduction in September, police and local authorities can ask magistrates to impose the orders on anyone responsible for alcohol-fuelled crime or anti- social behaviour to stop them drinking or entering licensed premises.

They cannot be issued to anyone with mental health problems or alcoholics.

Well, of course not. That would be judgmental.

(Via Fark.)

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1 comment

  1. fillyjonk »

    17 April 2010 · 9:43 am

    Wait, what?

    They can ban someone who behaves “antisocially” while drinking, but not if that person is mentally ill or an alcoholic? (And who is to make that decision?)

    Holy loophole, Batman.

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