Should it be last orders for cheap drinks?
Last night, revellers in Oldham may have had some cold water thrown over A-level results celebrations after the council banned one venue from holding its bash. The problem? Drinks promotions including buy-one-get-one-free.
As Panorama recently discovered when visiting Oldham for The Truth About Happy Hour, the council there are working hard to tackle binge drinking which it blames for a 200% increase in serious violent incidents in the first four months of this year. That's a stabbing or an assault with intention to kill on average every Friday and Saturday night in Oldham's main drinking area, York Street.
But Oldham's tough tactics, and Panorama's treatment of them, has drawn criticism in the blogosphere where the age-old debate over freedom from versus freedom to is raging.
Comments left on a libdemvoice blog launched straight in to defend freedom to, with one post saying "Anyone claiming to be a liberal should be denouncing these plans. The council has NO RIGHT to violate private businesses like this."
Another argued that one man's freedom can restrict another's saying, "What RIGHT do the businesses in question have in creating public disorder by selling alcohol at knock-down prices and then unleashing dysfunctional, drunk and violent people into the public streets?", asked another poster.
The very real dangers people face from random drunken attacks can be seen here:
Accusations of a nanny state are made loudly on The Filter: "If you wish to nanny, expect children," he says stating that people like to get drunk. He goes on to argue that current licensing laws play into the hands of big companies and drink promoters by pricing smaller, independent establishments out of the market.
A Shaker blogger argues that not everyone is looking to binge and that in fact people are prepared to pay more for alcohol to guarantee a nicer atmosphere and better service.
Beer-pages acknowledges the variety of clientele who go out to drink defending traditional pubs and accusing Panorama of having "an obsession with binge drinking."
In any case, it is an issue that seems to have struck a chord with David Cameron who this week unveiled Conservative plans to curb late night binge drinking.