Sunday, December 18, 2005

Stop that man having a drink or three

Following on from the drinking post, a couple of friends and I were discussing how you would enforce the three drinks rule.

Now, obviously, there are very many pubs, so restricting people to three drinks in one would be a stupid idea; people will just decamp to another pub. However, imagine if, every time that you bought a drink, then you had to produce some kind of credit card type thing, which you would put into a machine and it would count the number of drinks that you bought in a day. If you were over your limit of three drinks, then you could not buy another. A database of that sort would not be difficult to build (the logistics of communications might be more problematic, but Switch seems to work it OK. Generally).

You could of course, get around this: a friend of yours doesn't want to go out, so you get a lend of his card which you use after your limit has run out. Unless the card was personalised in some way.

You know, like an ID Card or something...

1 comment:

Mister Whiskers said...

Yup. Inevitable really. The Powers That Suck want to control out lives so goddamned much (For our own good, of course) that an ID card system is bound to make it in through the back door on some pretext or other. You've probably heard that they want to make paper driving licenses illegal? That they want to force everyone to get those swanky new electronic ones that look a bit like... oh, hang on... ID cards??

After they've finally banned smoking throughout the country (Which is only a matter of time) it'll be booze and choccies next. I imagine they'll use a system much like chemists do now, to prevent drug addicts with fake prescriptions trying multiple branches to kid someone in to giving them their fix. Imagine your local sending your details to every pub in Britain, courtesy of your brand -new Alcard(Tm) - the one you've just been forced by statute to pay £100 for- telling them you've reached your quota for the evening/month and can't have any more happy juice. Sounds unthinkable now, but give it ten years and we'll all be resigned to the Next Inevitable Step - just like with ciggies at the moment.

Enough to drive a guy to drink...

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