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GUEST,Patsy BS: NHS treating drunks (120* d) RE: BS: NHS treating drunks 16 Jan 12

There is a difference between an alcoholic who of course needs help and someone who has got it completely wrong mostly because of inexperience or immaturity with alchohol. I am not holier than thou and can remember trying a flagon of cider when I was 15 with a few young friends there were no alchopops back then thank goodness who knows what state I would have been in, cider was about the easiest to get and to swallow at that time, beers were far too bitter and too heavy to carry around. My worst memory of that night was the room constantly spinning not being able to get any sleep and then being very very unwell followed by getting a lecture from my mother. A few years later I found out the folly of drinking on an empty stomach, mixing the wrong drinks together or drinking them too quickly. The difference for young people now is that eccessive drinking on the streets or in foreign holiday resorts are more frequently captured on camera than it was then, any drunken disturbance only got about a few lines in the local paper of gazette.

The dilemma now is who is to say that most of the girls are genuinely 18 or even that their parents have knowledge where they are so for reasons like that it would be impractical to charge all drunk people or to refuse admission. But I still think that if a drunk assaults a nurse or another patient in a vicious way to cause injury a charge should go to the hospital or to the person hurt. Being drunk is not an excuse to be violent.

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