Telegraph: "Armed Forces Drink 'To Point Of Oblivion', Minister Warns"

soleil

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"A military culture of heavy drinking can see service personnel “drinking to the point of oblivion” a defence minister has admitted as she faced calls to scrap subsidised drink in military bars.

Anna Soubry told an MPs committee the Government should do more to rein in a boozing culture within the Armed Forces.

She also faced calls to end cut price alcohol on military bases after one MP complained she had once been charged only £1 for a treble gin and tonic while visiting troops on the Falkland Islands."

Armed Forces drink 'to point of oblivion', minister warns - Telegraph
 

Ninja_Stoker

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Why was an MP drinking treble Gin & Tonics in the Falklands? Does she have a drink problem?

Do Ministers have a subsidised bar in the Commons?

A very poor example to set, no matter the price.
 

muppet42

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I'd always thought of it as a work hard play hard culture :s

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guestm

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Anna Soubry is about 10 years too late. I see the Forces as no better or worse than civilians when it comes to drinking now. Also, if she's ordering triple gins she might want to take a look at herself.

Had she spoken up a decade ago I would have agreed with her.
 
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Isn't drinking alcohol to excess part of our culture, as uncle Bob used to say when he was in the trenches, the two most important things when they were re-supplying the front line was ammunition and rum.




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MG Maniac

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"A military culture of heavy drinking can see service personnel “drinking to the point of oblivion” a defence minister has admitted as she faced calls to scrap subsidised drink in military bars.

Anna Soubry told an MPs committee the Government should do more to rein in a boozing culture within the Armed Forces.

She also faced calls to end cut price alcohol on military bases after one MP complained she had once been charged only £1 for a treble gin and tonic while visiting troops on the Falkland Islands."

Armed Forces drink 'to point of oblivion', minister warns - Telegraph

Think the complaint here is not that she was "only" charged £1 for a cheeky G&T ... as a visiting, hard up, "can't put this on expenses" polli she probably thought she shouldn't have been charged at all ... so whinged at the AF Minister to put the prices up! Perhaps they should have slapped her with a bill for her air fare, landing charges and appropriate taxes as well.

As NS says ... don't they have a subsidised bar in the Commons ... I've never set foot in the place myself however I would wager that there are very few "single" measure poured with "doubles" and "trebles" being the norm! Then again she does get charged more in the Commons bar - I attach for colleagues enjoyment - the HoC Bar Tarriff for the Members Bar ... Gin £2:55 a shot!

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/foi/MSR Bar Tariff 2012.06.22 v1.0.pdf.pdf


So obviously a case of "how come Jack gets away with DF prices when I can't"!
 
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