There was an article today in The Metro claiming that the Scottish Government is considering to force supermarkets to make separate check-outs for alcohol, so that one cannot buy port and cheese in one go but has to go through the shop twice.
It’s the same kind of thinking that’s behind the alcohol monopolies in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Canada, and it doesn’t work.
The people who want to get drunk still find ways to get drunk, but it’s a hassle for normal people.
As I’ve blogged before, what really is needed is to integrate sensible drinking in normal culture, to make sure people think of alcohol as something to drink with food rather than regarding drunkenness as a goal in its own right.
Rather than making it illegal to buy alcohol together with food, one should much rather make it illegal to buy alcohol without food!