Ideas shared to help sober up Bath and north east Somerset's nightlife
Enforcing a minimum price, banning super-strength alcohol and restricting late-night sales were all ideas discussed at a conference aimed at curbing Bath and north east Somerset's drinking problems.
Health officials, council leaders, licensing officers and residents' groups spent a day thrashing out ways that local nightlife could be sobered up.
According to B&NES' licensing team there are more than 700 premises in the district authorised to sell alcohol, from pubs and bars to supermarkets and off-licences.
The day, a joint initiative between the authority's four scrutiny panels covering transport, early years, children and community development, was a precursor to a consultation next year which will look at the council's licensing policy.
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Councillor Lisa Brett (Lib Dem, Walcot), who coordinated the event, said the purpose was to find ways of tackling problems associated with irresponsible drinking.
She said: "By seeking to tackle the challenges of irresponsible drinking, we hope that communities become places that residents, businesses and visitors are more proud of. We acknowledge most people enjoy moderate alcohol consumption and trust this will continue."