Welsh temperance reformer, Thomas Thomas of Pontypool (book)
Arthur J. Edwards, Thomas Thomas of Pontypool--Radical Puritan (Apecs Press, 2009).
Welsh brewery called Brains (book)
Brian Glover, Brains: 125 Years (Breedon Books, 2007). Welsh brewery.
Brewing in Wales (book)
Lyn Ebenezer, The Thirsty Dragon (Llanrwst: Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2006). Elsewhere publication date is listed as 2007. A short book, a little over 100 pages, by a Welsh journalist and broadcaster.
A desperate new generation driven to drink
Britons drink so much that they now have children admitted to hospital with liver disease. According to a survey by the Office for National Statistics, more 13-year-olds have drunk alcohol than not – that’s 350,000 13-year-old drinkers in England and Wales alone. India Knight reports on Britain's boozing culture for The Times (of London).
Perry with meals (and not Babycham)
A Welsh perry maker is promoting perry as a drink with meals. The pear-based beverage is lighter and sweeter than apple-based cider which typically is drunk apart from meals. Pear-based alcoholic drinks were briefly popular as Babycham, a sometimes ridiculed "girlie drink" that faded from the scene when women switched to flavored martinis. For more, see here.
In UK, the more successful you are, the more you drink
According to a UK official study, senior executives and professionals drink more than other people. The English drink more than the Scots and the Welsh. Unsurprisingly, men drink more than women. For more, see here.
Minimum legal drinking age in England and Wales
Minimum legal drinking age in England and Wales (courtesy of James Quan-Nicholls)
1886 Intoxicating Liquors (Sale to Children) Act
Sale of alcoholic drinks to children under thirteen banned
1901 Intoxicating Liquors (Sale to Children) Act
1886 Act repealed
Sale of alcoholic drinks to children under fourteen banned (except quantities of not less than one pint in sealed bottles)
1908 Children's Act (Section 119)
Children under fourteen banned from licensed premises
Giving alcohol to children under five banned
1910 Licensing (Consolidation) Act
'On' sale of spirits to under-sixteens banned
1923 Intoxicating Liquor (Sale to Persons Under Eighteen) Act
Under-eighteens not to be sold alcohol for consumption on licensed premises
16-18s can be served alcohol to be consumed with a meal in separate part of premises
Temperance exhibit in Wales
Beginning on 8 September 2007, the Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, Bangor, Wales, will feature a temperance history exhibit for six months. The exhibit includes a rare 1836 banner of the Beddgelert Temperance Society. For more, see here.
More women in England and Wales guilty of drink or drug impaired driving
According to the (London) Independent, 18 June 2007, the number of women in England and Wales guilty of drunk or drugged driving has increased by almost 60% since 1995. For more, see here.
Smoking ban in English pubs
Supposedly one in four English pubs is unprepared for the July 1, 2007, smoking ban. A smoking ban already is in effect in Scotland and in Wales. For more, see here.