The ongoing problem of drunkenness among off-duty soldiers continues to vex the local authorities. The military are in no doubt that one of the root causes of the problem is the availability of strong spirits, which some landlords have been permitting soldiers to buy over the bar for later consumption.
After being arrested for disturbances, a number of soldiers have been found with spirits in their possession. When challenged, pub landlords rightly claim that their licence allows the sale of spirits in containers before 8.00pm. Army officers have appealed to the Lieutenant Governor to ban sales of this type to men in uniform.
In the States this week, members are due to consider changes to the licensing law expressly limiting the availability of strong spirits. In the meantime, the Lieutenant Governor has taken steps to curb drinking among the guards serving at the Blanches Banques prisoner of war camp. He has placed the Corbière and Chalet Hotels at Corbière, and the Bay Inn at La Pulente ‘out of bounds’ for camp guards and instructed the civil police to ensure that this ban is complied with.