Rumours are that the government is set to increase the price of alcohol in a bid to cut drunkenness and binge drinking. I find this most annoying in that they are punishing everyone for the crimes of the few. I honestly believe that the best way forward is A. If the person is in a coma and requires hospital treatment, then they should be charged the Â£532 fee as was proposed. B. They should be held until a fastrack court (Similar to those used for the football hooligans) is held on a Monday morning. They will then have to explain to their boss why they are not in work and pay a fine. I have looked at the ages at which it is legal to drink around the world http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/LegalDrinkingAge.html Drink prices in Norway http://www.suite101.com/blog/alansbigplate/drink_prices_in_oslo_norway Drinking in Norway http://everything2.com/title/How+to+get+drunk+when+in+Norway I was looking for some details on drunkenness and drink prices around the world to see if drunkenness does decline with an increase in prices. I imagine not, people will acquire cheap drinks or more likely brew their own.