Bar and nightclub Pressure Point has been brought to its knees by increasing costs and loss of business. The nightclub was one of the few in the city that catered for under 18s and will be a sad loss for those young people, their parents and the city.
The rising cost of alcohol and the smoking ban have together made it very difficult for clubs and bars to continue to function at full capacity. People choose venues that have an outdoor facility or opt to drink (and smoke) at home.
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It is a great pity that 15 to 18 years olds have now lost a good venue that kept them off the streets and out of trouble by running occasional events for this age group.
In running these events Pressure Point made an effort to engage a sector of the population that has limited options for other places to go. These youngsters are often no longer welcome in pubs even if they are drinking soft drinks under parental supervision because of the penalties that will be handed out to the licensee if they are caught drinking alcohol
New measures are being introduced to put more pressure on young people and their parents but given that, under the already heavy crack down, teenage binge drinking is on the increase (56% of 15 and 16 year olds have drunk heavily in the last month according to Government research) maybe the heavy handed approach is not the right one to take.
The end result will be even more teenagers hanging about in parks and on street corners, drinking alcohol straight from the bottle and causing all kinds of mayhem when they very quickly become intoxicated.
The British Beer & Pub Association has reported that pubs have been closing at the rate of four a day for the last year (largley due to the smoking ban and the rising cost of alcohol) and there is no bright light at the end of the tunnel.
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