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But I see no reason why people should be allowed to drink alcohol on any train at any time, anymore than they should be allowed to smoke (which they are not).
Most train journeys are short - the average trip length in the UK is about 7 miles. The longest non-stop rail journey in the UK is Euston to Preston - 219 miles in just 2 hours and 8 minutes. The overnight sleeper from Scotland makes several prolonged stops which is why it takes so long to get to London.
I'm sorry but anyone who cannot manage a couple of hours on a train (or a plane for that matter) without alcohol needs their head examined. You are not allowed to drink alcohol on the station platform or on the street outside the station so why should the train itself be any different?
Oh, and I should declare my interest - I am not teetotal and I am a GP with special interest in drug and alcohol problems. Every single train journey I have taken in the last 2 years has been disrupted by someone under the influence of alcohol, including on more than one occasion, police coming on to the train to remove a passenger (which in one case led to a 40 minute delay in the middle of the day!).