‘Give-up-the-drink do-gooders’ rapped by Burnley brewery boss

This Is Lancashire: ‘Give-up-the-drink  do-gooders’ rapped by Burnley brewery boss ‘Give-up-the-drink do-gooders’ rapped by Burnley brewery boss

A BREWERY boss has slammed people who are giving up alcohol for charity during January as ‘do-gooders’.

Alcohol Concern has launched ‘Dry January’, aimed at promoting abstaining in the post-Christmas period to improve the nation’s health.

But the managing director of Burnley’s Moorhouse’s Brewery David Grant said it could cause a ‘January black hole’.

After reporting record sales over Christmas, Mr Grant said: “Yes, many pubs have enjoyed a good Christmas, but there are still some 20 pubs closing each month and publicans do not need a January black hole.

“My concern is this campaign for a dry January could keep customers away.

“Pubs are part of our heritage and the best place to drink sensibly and socialise in a secure and controlled environment.

“We should all encourage that.

“Do the do-gooders not realise that the leisure industry is the largest employer in the country?

“If they persist in this sort of campaign, pub and restaurant staff could be laid off as the December trade boost is lost in January.

“This is not only bad for the pubs but also bad for the pub customer.”

Emily Robinson, director of campaigns at Alcohol Concern, said just because people were encouraged to give up drinking, they could still go to the pub.

She said: “Dry January is about encouraging and supporting people to reassess their relationship with alcohol and make healthier drinking choices.

“We encourage people to carry on socialising during the month, to go to the pub, parties and for dinner but to swap their usual tipple for a soft drink.

“There is a great opportunity for pubs to benefit from Dry January by welcoming and catering for those who want to enjoy the ambience of their local, while having something different like an alcohol-free cocktail or beer.”

Bosses at Blackburn’s Thwaites said people had been giving up drink in January for years.

Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations, said: “Dry January isn’t really a new phenomenon. It has simply been given an official badge in 2014.

“Every year around this time pubs, restaurants and alcohol retailers notice a reduction in trade.”

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12:38pm Thu 9 Jan 14

rudis_dad says...

What an absolute twunt.
What an absolute twunt. rudis_dad

12:40pm Thu 9 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

Couldnt agree more!

In my opinion your not a proper man unless you do the following:-

1) Drink 12 pints of Stella a night
2) Attend every Rovers home and away match
3) Trump in your own chair nearest the TV (the remote is yours)
4) Eat pies and currys when you want
5) Have multiple betting accounts
6) Arnt called Jermome, Timothy, Jeremy or Bartholomu!
Couldnt agree more! In my opinion your not a proper man unless you do the following:- 1) Drink 12 pints of Stella a night 2) Attend every Rovers home and away match 3) Trump in your own chair nearest the TV (the remote is yours) 4) Eat pies and currys when you want 5) Have multiple betting accounts 6) Arnt called Jermome, Timothy, Jeremy or Bartholomu! makaveli96

2:07pm Thu 9 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

It's odd that Thelma & Louise spend an entire film challenging sexist stereotypes, then die at the end because of their terrible driving
It's odd that Thelma & Louise spend an entire film challenging sexist stereotypes, then die at the end because of their terrible driving makaveli96

2:39pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Rumpole says...

Obviously his profits mean more to him than his customers health and well being.
I very rarely drink alcohol but will make a point of never buying any of his breweries products in the future!
Obviously his profits mean more to him than his customers health and well being. I very rarely drink alcohol but will make a point of never buying any of his breweries products in the future! Rumpole

3:02pm Thu 9 Jan 14

leyton says...

Moorhouses brewery make a big deal of their ties because this brown envelope council gets the exes .Whilst they are now closing the ONLY pub or flagship pub they have or have ever had .Most breweries have a pub in the town.city centre but this comp doesn't in Burnley and are now closing the General Scarlett ??.
Moorhouses brewery make a big deal of their ties because this brown envelope council gets the exes .Whilst they are now closing the ONLY pub or flagship pub they have or have ever had .Most breweries have a pub in the town.city centre but this comp doesn't in Burnley and are now closing the General Scarlett ??. leyton

3:28pm Thu 9 Jan 14

It's a spade! says...

Didn't this fellow and his sales director get pulled and fail a breath test, driving whilst under the influence?

Probably needs the extra profits to pay for a chauffeur!
Didn't this fellow and his sales director get pulled and fail a breath test, driving whilst under the influence? Probably needs the extra profits to pay for a chauffeur! It's a spade!

3:31pm Thu 9 Jan 14

woolywords says...

I would have thought that it would make perfect sense to give your liver some time off after what it's been through over the Christmas and New Year binge. I know that I have and have been doing so for years.
A damaged liver takes longer to process alcohol and so you drink less. You would think that Mr Grant would know this since the supply of alcohol, it's affects and it;s price, are his stock in trade.
He might want to stop imposing exorbitant rents on landlords and by that action, reduce the price of a pint thus gaining more sales, rather than seeking to denigrate the actions of a few charitable souls. Expect sales to fall in February too, as people have long memories, when it comes to those whom insult them.
My sympathies to your PR people, who must have their heads in their hands, with this faux pas of a publicity stunt that you pulled off.
I would have thought that it would make perfect sense to give your liver some time off after what it's been through over the Christmas and New Year binge. I know that I have and have been doing so for years. A damaged liver takes longer to process alcohol and so you drink less. You would think that Mr Grant would know this since the supply of alcohol, it's affects and it;s price, are his stock in trade. He might want to stop imposing exorbitant rents on landlords and by that action, reduce the price of a pint thus gaining more sales, rather than seeking to denigrate the actions of a few charitable souls. Expect sales to fall in February too, as people have long memories, when it comes to those whom insult them. My sympathies to your PR people, who must have their heads in their hands, with this faux pas of a publicity stunt that you pulled off. woolywords

4:44pm Thu 9 Jan 14

mavrick says...

The less alcohol is drunk the better for the families of the men who can't control themselves when they have had a drink. These are the real people who need protecting from the greed of the breweries, So tighten your belt David like thousands of others have to.
The less alcohol is drunk the better for the families of the men who can't control themselves when they have had a drink. These are the real people who need protecting from the greed of the breweries, So tighten your belt David like thousands of others have to. mavrick

5:28pm Thu 9 Jan 14

shimmy says...

No self interest here then, what an idiot. Can anyone tell me of any really stupid things they have done that were not alcohol related. This guy as the power to present a non alcoholic cask drink, he should perhaps work on that.
No self interest here then, what an idiot. Can anyone tell me of any really stupid things they have done that were not alcohol related. This guy as the power to present a non alcoholic cask drink, he should perhaps work on that. shimmy

5:34pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Smoke weed it's better for your health
Smoke weed it's better for your health Michael@ClitheroeSince58

6:10pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Cinders72 says...

Absolutely twonker!
Absolutely twonker! Cinders72

6:28pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Interocitor says...

Rather arrogant and ridiculous to use '‘do-gooders", in the pejorative sense, when talking about a very worthwhile charity.

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Rather arrogant and ridiculous to use '‘do-gooders", in the pejorative sense, when talking about a very worthwhile charity. . Interocitor

7:09pm Thu 9 Jan 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
Smoke weed it's better for your health
It's also illegal
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: Smoke weed it's better for your health[/p][/quote]It's also illegal 2 for 5p ridesagain

8:00pm Thu 9 Jan 14

POW WOW says...

makaveli96 wrote:
Couldnt agree more!

In my opinion your not a proper man unless you do the following:-

1) Drink 12 pints of Stella a night
2) Attend every Rovers home and away match
3) Trump in your own chair nearest the TV (the remote is yours)
4) Eat pies and currys when you want
5) Have multiple betting accounts
6) Arnt called Jermome, Timothy, Jeremy or Bartholomu!
And knock the wifey about too !!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: Couldnt agree more! In my opinion your not a proper man unless you do the following:- 1) Drink 12 pints of Stella a night 2) Attend every Rovers home and away match 3) Trump in your own chair nearest the TV (the remote is yours) 4) Eat pies and currys when you want 5) Have multiple betting accounts 6) Arnt called Jermome, Timothy, Jeremy or Bartholomu![/p][/quote]And knock the wifey about too !!!!!!!!!!! POW WOW

8:19pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Michael@ClitheroeSin

ce58
wrote:
Smoke weed it's better for your health
It's also illegal
It's now legal in Colorado & Washington USA and Alaska puts it to the vote later this year, once it becomes legal in most states it will not be long before it also happens here.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: Smoke weed it's better for your health[/p][/quote]It's also illegal[/p][/quote]It's now legal in Colorado & Washington USA and Alaska puts it to the vote later this year, once it becomes legal in most states it will not be long before it also happens here. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

8:36pm Thu 9 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Michael@ClitheroeSin


ce58
wrote:
Smoke weed it's better for your health
It's also illegal
It's now legal in Colorado & Washington USA and Alaska puts it to the vote later this year, once it becomes legal in most states it will not be long before it also happens here.
Plus the USA is owned by Great Britain so we will do what we want
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: Smoke weed it's better for your health[/p][/quote]It's also illegal[/p][/quote]It's now legal in Colorado & Washington USA and Alaska puts it to the vote later this year, once it becomes legal in most states it will not be long before it also happens here.[/p][/quote]Plus the USA is owned by Great Britain so we will do what we want makaveli96

8:55pm Thu 9 Jan 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Michael@ClitheroeSin


ce58
wrote:
Smoke weed it's better for your health
It's also illegal
It's now legal in Colorado & Washington USA and Alaska puts it to the vote later this year, once it becomes legal in most states it will not be long before it also happens here.
It's still illegal here.
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: Smoke weed it's better for your health[/p][/quote]It's also illegal[/p][/quote]It's now legal in Colorado & Washington USA and Alaska puts it to the vote later this year, once it becomes legal in most states it will not be long before it also happens here.[/p][/quote]It's still illegal here. 2 for 5p ridesagain

9:00pm Thu 9 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

BIGGLESTOE wrote:
POW WOW wrote:
makaveli96 wrote:
Couldnt agree more!

In my opinion your not a proper man unless you do the following:-

1) Drink 12 pints of Stella a night
2) Attend every Rovers home and away match
3) Trump in your own chair nearest the TV (the remote is yours)
4) Eat pies and currys when you want
5) Have multiple betting accounts
6) Arnt called Jermome, Timothy, Jeremy or Bartholomu!
And knock the wifey about too !!!!!!!!!!!
I like knocking other men's wifeys up!
My wife's funeral was really cheap although it would have been free if I hadn't been caught fly tipping
[quote][p][bold]BIGGLESTOE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: Couldnt agree more! In my opinion your not a proper man unless you do the following:- 1) Drink 12 pints of Stella a night 2) Attend every Rovers home and away match 3) Trump in your own chair nearest the TV (the remote is yours) 4) Eat pies and currys when you want 5) Have multiple betting accounts 6) Arnt called Jermome, Timothy, Jeremy or Bartholomu![/p][/quote]And knock the wifey about too !!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I like knocking other men's wifeys up![/p][/quote]My wife's funeral was really cheap although it would have been free if I hadn't been caught fly tipping makaveli96

9:16pm Thu 9 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

He's right. If you want to give up alcohol -especially in pubs- do it in July. January is a social month -it's cold and dark and you're better off in a pub raising your spirits and a pint and saving money on heating at home
He's right. If you want to give up alcohol -especially in pubs- do it in July. January is a social month -it's cold and dark and you're better off in a pub raising your spirits and a pint and saving money on heating at home happycyclist

10:00pm Thu 9 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

Doctor: You have two years to live.

Me: What should I do?

Doc: Get married as soon as possible.

Me: Will that make me live longer?

Doc: No, but it will seem like it.
Doctor: You have two years to live. Me: What should I do? Doc: Get married as soon as possible. Me: Will that make me live longer? Doc: No, but it will seem like it. makaveli96

11:40pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Angry From Accrington says...

David Grant is a successful small brewer but is not speaking on behalf of the Brewing Industry in general or the On Trade retail sector. He will probably regret his comments when he sobers up.
David Grant is a successful small brewer but is not speaking on behalf of the Brewing Industry in general or the On Trade retail sector. He will probably regret his comments when he sobers up. Angry From Accrington

3:25pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Not_at_towneley says...

Moorhouses beer is amazing. I get mine from the local Spa shop as it's not in enough of the local pubs. Recently its not even on in the Stanley which is supposedly a Moorhouses pub.

Come on Moorhouses, get your beer into more local pubs!
Moorhouses beer is amazing. I get mine from the local Spa shop as it's not in enough of the local pubs. Recently its not even on in the Stanley which is supposedly a Moorhouses pub. Come on Moorhouses, get your beer into more local pubs! Not_at_towneley

11:43pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Pendlesider says...

QUOTE “Do the do-gooders (people who pay my wages) not realise that the leisure industry is the largest employer in the country?
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probably trying to work off a beer belly

QUOTE “If they (my customers) persist in this sort of campaign, pub and restaurant staff could be laid off as the December trade boost is lost in January.
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Yes, but it's not 'persistant', only for January.
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QUOTE “This is not only bad for the pubs but also bad for the pub customer.”
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Nonsense, Its only 'bad' for your wage so put up temporarily or shut up, its good for your customers health.
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reason Alcohol/pub trade drops in Jan is cos everyone's drank too much over xmas and been ripped off with expensive drinks so they've little money left.
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Rather than supporting the charitable month, the Moorhouse Brewery has embarrassed itself and its potential customers by shamefully wishing to put the wealth of its business before the health of its customers.
QUOTE “Do the do-gooders (people who pay my wages) not realise that the leisure industry is the largest employer in the country? . probably trying to work off a beer belly QUOTE “If they (my customers) persist in this sort of campaign, pub and restaurant staff could be laid off as the December trade boost is lost in January. . Yes, but it's not 'persistant', only for January. . QUOTE “This is not only bad for the pubs but also bad for the pub customer.” . Nonsense, Its only 'bad' for your wage so put up temporarily or shut up, its good for your customers health. . reason Alcohol/pub trade drops in Jan is cos everyone's drank too much over xmas and been ripped off with expensive drinks so they've little money left. . Rather than supporting the charitable month, the Moorhouse Brewery has embarrassed itself and its potential customers by shamefully wishing to put the wealth of its business before the health of its customers. Pendlesider

2:21pm Sat 11 Jan 14

RNRDOCTOR says...

Good for him! 'Dry January' is so stupid! There is no reason to give up alcohol for 'health reasons', it has been repeatedly proven that alcohol is good for you not bad for you, and that the intake levels recommended in the UK are stupidly low. It would make more sense to ban fruit and veg than booze!
Good for him! 'Dry January' is so stupid! There is no reason to give up alcohol for 'health reasons', it has been repeatedly proven that alcohol is good for you not bad for you, and that the intake levels recommended in the UK are stupidly low. It would make more sense to ban fruit and veg than booze! RNRDOCTOR

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