Many 'plan to cut alcohol consumption as lockdown eases'

BBC Radio Scotland

People drink at a beer garden in Edinbugh
Some pubs have re-opened, with beer gardens proving popular

A study suggests many people are planning to cut the amount they are drinking now that pubs and bars are open.

Over a quarter of people questioned said they drank more than usual during lockdown to help them deal with stress and anxiety.

Almost two-fifths said they expect to drink less now, the research commissioned by Alcohol Focus Scotland found.

Chief executive Alison Douglas told BBC Radio Scotland the rise in drinking isn’t a great surprise, because "many of the other ways we manage stress may have been more difficult to access during lockdown".

The positive thing is people are recognising they are concerned about their drinking and many intend to reduce the amount they are drinking as lockdown eases. The risk is that perhaps proves more difficult than we hope.”

Alison DouglasAlcohol Focus Scotland

Tower block residents could have 24-hour food and drink service

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

Future residents of a giant Newcastle skyscraper will have a rooftop champagne bar and could have access to a concierge service offering food and alcoholic drinks 24 hours a day.

Hadrian's Tower on Rutherford Street will have Tyneside’s highest bar and restaurant when it opens later this year, according to paperwork lodged with Newcastle City Council.

It will be the city's tallest building, with 27 storeys and 162 apartments.

Residents have been promised the “lifestyle of living in a hotel” by the project's developers, the High Street Group.

If approved by the council, Hadrian’s Tower’s licence could also allow for live music and other performances as late as 01:30.

Hadrian's Tower

Blanket ban on beach drinking 'not possible'

Herbert Soden

Local Democracy Reporter

Banning all alcohol on beaches wouldn’t be possible under the law, a North Tyneside councillor has said..

More than 5,000 residents have signed a petition calling for alcohol to be prohibited on the borough’s beaches after thousands of people flocked to the coast last week.

Some beach-goers left behind piles of litter and broken glass, and footage of people fighting at King Edward’s Bay has been circulating on social media.

Beach at Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, pictured in May 2020
PA Media

But Battle Hill councillor Carl Johnson said while banning booze on beaches "sounds attractive", the council had no legal powers to do it.

Public spaces protection orders allow council workers to confiscate alcohol but only if the drinker is deemed to be drinking irresponsibly. If they don't comply they can be fined.