Alcohol And The U.K.

I am pleased to learn that Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is publishing a consultation paper that ‘proposes increased powers for local councils to take action in areas plagued by alcohol-influenced crime and disorder’.  However I think that our nation’s problems are caused by the deep-seated cultural importance of alcohol- which includes the association of alcohol with having fun and socialising (even though you can have more fun without drinking). Perhaps we need to change our culture…

How does one change a culture? One can begin with the right message. In the words of Bahá’u’lláh

‘It is inadmissible that man, who hath been endowed with reason, should consume that which stealeth it away…’

The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Bahá’í World Centre, 1992 edition

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