The chairman of a major pub chain has taken a swipe at popular drunken celebrities and sports stars for setting a bad example to youngsters and fuelling the binge drinking culture among them.
The chairman of the
JD Wetherspoon pub chain criticized pop stars and sportsmen for encouraging
Britain's binge drinking culture.
Tim Martin said that
the rise in alcohol-related disorder was partly caused by the antics of
inebriated celebrities, which are copied by the general public.
"It is not
socially unacceptable to go on a binge - that's the problem," the
Telegraph quoted him, as saying.
"Although it is
often perceived that pubs benefit from these sorts of occasions, it is our
experience that they are often bad for the pub trade, since they are difficult
for pub staff to deal with and can be intimidating for the majority of
customers," he added.
insisted that clamping down on under-age drinkers would not solve the problem
of anti-social behaviour.
"Even if you
stopped every 16 and 17-year-old going into pubs, you would not stop binge
drinking," Martin said.