Should the UK “Dryathelon” be banned to save pubs? Watch

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In January people have been told to give up alcohol for 1 month. This is very damaging to our pub trade. Normally January is a very quiet month for pubs. Fewer people buying alcohol could seriously affect pub trade.

I think Dryathelon is a very irresponsible craze especially with the economy in tatters. Some of our pubs date back to the 1300s and if they are forced to shut because of lack of trade very historic buildings could be lost forever.

The Dryathelon craze should be banned. Perhaps we need legislation written in law to stop such damaging acts from affecting the catering and hospitality industry.
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Don't feed the troll, people

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They could just close for the month if the needed to, but I don’t think enough people that go to pubs will give it up for the month.
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Yes, I'm sure the nation's pubs are lamenting the loss of the few thousand people who last the entire month without touching the sauce. Hopefully they will be able to sustain themselves on their tens of thousands of other patrons who give in or don't bother trying at all.
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Don't feed the troll, people

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but talking about vegetarians taxing everyone else's meat is legit?
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(Original post by Ambitious1999)
In January people have been told to give up alcohol for 1 month. This is very damaging to our pub trade. Normally January is a very quiet month for pubs. Fewer people buying alcohol could seriously affect pub trade.

I think Dryathelon is a very irresponsible craze especially with the economy in tatters. Some of our pubs date back to the 1300s and if they are forced to shut because of lack of trade very historic buildings could be lost forever.

The Dryathelon craze should be banned. Perhaps we need legislation written in law to stop such damaging acts from affecting the catering and hospitality industry.
How on Earth would you even enforce this?
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How on Earth would you even enforce this?
Exactly. Force feed ppl alcohol?😂
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You can't force people to drink. Also, people can still go to pubs to socialise, but buy soft drinks. It's a bit sad if you can't walk into a pub without ordering alcohol, IMO.
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If pubs want to cater to people who don't drink, or who don't want to drink all the time, maybe they should start offering more alcohol free options? I like going to a pub with my mates. I don't like the fact that there aren't usually any interesting alcohol free options for me. I don't want crap lemonade, coke, or lime and soda. It's boring and I can get the exact same stuff at home. More and more people are giving up alcohol or drinking less. I believe that something like 30% of young people are teetotal. That's only going to increase. The catering and hospitality industry need to cater for this, and not just moan that people aren't drinking as much.
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If a pub closes while cafes are springing up everywhere, it's their own fault. Install Wi-Fi, serve a range of fancy sounding coffees before 6 and alcohol after 6. If you're really adventurous you can serve food to make the most of your premises.
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If you are against the dryathelon you are islamophobic.
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Pubs are struggling because of prices. Four quid a pint or four Stella for four quid from the off license? Tough one.
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(Original post by Ambitious1999)
In January people have been told to give up alcohol for 1 month. This is very damaging to our pub trade. Normally January is a very quiet month for pubs. Fewer people buying alcohol could seriously affect pub trade.

I think Dryathelon is a very irresponsible craze especially with the economy in tatters. Some of our pubs date back to the 1300s and if they are forced to shut because of lack of trade very historic buildings could be lost forever.

The Dryathelon craze should be banned. Perhaps we need legislation written in law to stop such damaging acts from affecting the catering and hospitality industry.
I’m going to go with no.

Pubs close because demographics and the choices of the average Brit has changed alongside much higher rents than previously.
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(Original post by katf)
If pubs want to cater to people who don't drink, or who don't want to drink all the time, maybe they should start offering more alcohol free options? I like going to a pub with my mates. I don't like the fact that there aren't usually any interesting alcohol free options for me. I don't want crap lemonade, coke, or lime and soda. It's boring and I can get the exact same stuff at home. More and more people are giving up alcohol or drinking less. I believe that something like 30% of young people are teetotal. That's only going to increase. The catering and hospitality industry need to cater for this, and not just moan that people aren't drinking as much.
My two local pubs have closed down in the least 2 years it a shame because the pubs were a meeting place for pensioners who live on their own. They would spend all the day in pub talking and socializing now they got nowhere to go. Pubs are social places it sad when they close down.
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Soon as I saw the thread title I thought it would be a troll like ambitious 1999. What a surprise not..

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(Original post by looloo2134)
My two local pubs have closed down in the least 2 years it a shame because the pubs were a meeting place for pensioners who live on their own. They would spend all the day in pub talking and socializing now they got nowhere to go. Pubs are social places it sad when they close down.
Yeah pubs are social places. But they need to be social places for people who don't drink too. Most aren't. Most absolutely suck if you don't drink.
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(Original post by katf)
If pubs want to cater to people who don't drink, or who don't want to drink all the time, maybe they should start offering more alcohol free options? I like going to a pub with my mates. I don't like the fact that there aren't usually any interesting alcohol free options for me. I don't want crap lemonade, coke, or lime and soda. It's boring and I can get the exact same stuff at home. More and more people are giving up alcohol or drinking less. I believe that something like 30% of young people are teetotal. That's only going to increase. The catering and hospitality industry need to cater for this, and not just moan that people aren't drinking as much.
What would you like them to serve instead? Pubs are businesses, which won't be sustainable just selling overpriced soft drinks.
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(Original post by jameswhughes)
What would you like them to serve instead? Pubs are businesses, which won't be sustainable just selling overpriced soft drinks.
They won't be sustainable if they just sell alcohol and don't have interesting alcohol free options. 30% of under 25s are non drinkers. Many more will be occasional drinkers. Mocktails are a thing. You can also get alcohol free beers, wines and ciders. Try having that in. Pubs will go the way of the dodo if they don't learn to innovate and change with the times. A grimy bar selling overpriced booze with sky sports in the background just doesn't cut it any more.
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