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Licenced hours; Off-sales

Comment 21st July 2010

The Licencing (Scotland) Act 2005, Section 65, states that alcohol shall not be sold in a premises for which an off-sales licence is in force between the hours of 10.00 p.m. and 10.00 a.m.

 

About once a week I take myself to the local supermarket to purchase groceries.  At weekends I enjoy a glass of red wine at home.  I am a responsible drinker and, as a retired police officer, I am fully aware of the anti-social effects (and health problems) which can be attributed to alcohol abuse. I like to go shopping reasonably early in the morning (say, 8 or 9) to avoid the crowds. 

 

I am unable to buy a bottle of wine before ten in the morning. Therefore I cannot buy alcohol with my shopping.  I fail to see how society benefits from this law and think that it should be repealed.  The law in this respect is outdated.

 

Why does this matter?

My idea is relevant to many other people who share my circumstances.  It is important because this piece of legislation achieves nothing apart from inconvenience to the law-abiding majority.

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