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.