Tony Blair believed that the relaxation of licensing hours in the UK would lead to a more mature attitude to alcohol amongst my countrymen, that by lifting the rush to drink heavily before closing time there would be less drunkenness on our streets.  I think that’s still work in progress.

Bars are everywhere in Italian cities, but I have never witnessed anything nearing what might be termed “anti-social behaviour”.  Perhaps when we see alcohol as a source of refreshment rather than a source of intoxication we will achieve his goal.



One thought on “A Mediterranean Drinking Culture (Venezia 91)

  1. Tony Blair ruined British city centres with his licensing law changes! Venice has it about right. Bars are mostly shut by midnight and the city has a much friendlier & calmer atmosphere for it. Maybe the UK should be taking a leaf out of Italy’s book? If only eh?!

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