And Then Austerity Came For Your Ladies' Night Special

By Derek Thompson

Listen, David. You and the UK government can cut public sector jobs, push through preemptive austerity measures to please the bond vigilantes, and announce a violent restructuring of your health care industry in the middle of a recession. But for the love of God, man, leave Ladies' Night alone.

Concern over "boozy Britain" has been mounting for years, with attempts to curb binge drinking either backfiring or having little effect. But with late-night crime and alcohol-related hospitalizations surging, a fresh push is afoot for stronger local and national laws. A ban on ladies' nights and all-you-can-drink specials went into effect in April, as did a law forcing pubs and bars in England and Wales to offer smaller glass sizes to patrons.

Washington state and Wisconsin hate ladies' night, too.

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