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Shaddrack Sun 12-Feb-17 10:42:02

Is it the norm for pubs to refuse customers water if they think they've drunk too much alcohol?
Went out last night, my friend had over done it and asked for a glass of water before we left to walk home but was refused due to "the science"
I've googled but I can't find this science, all I can find is suggestions you refuse any more alcohol and offer water!
I think it was such a shitty thing to do, not just unreasonable but actually fairly irresponsible. But maybe i'm just not privy to the right "science"?

clarkeologist Sun 12-Feb-17 10:44:42

Yup. That's ridiculous.

SalmonFajitas Sun 12-Feb-17 10:46:28

YANBU that's ridiculous. I can understand them not wanting a group of people taking up a table all drinking tap water but if you've been there buying drinks and need some water it's irresponsible not to hand any out.

southwest1 Sun 12-Feb-17 10:46:49

It's a condition of their license that they have to provide free tap water.

NarkyMcDinkyChops Sun 12-Feb-17 10:47:24

If she was pissed she probably misheard or misunderstood what they said to her.

LadyPenelopeCantDance Sun 12-Feb-17 10:47:52

Pretty sure they are legally obliged to provide it under their licensing conditions.

Shaddrack Sun 12-Feb-17 10:49:10

That's what i thought especially as he'd already served her alcohol. It seems irresponsible to then refuse water.

user1470041360 Sun 12-Feb-17 10:50:04

They should have given water. They sound like a shit pub with shit staff.

Shaddrack Sun 12-Feb-17 10:50:36

She definitely didn't mishear I was there too. Then another friend asked which was when he cited "the science" as the reason.

HermioneJeanGranger Sun 12-Feb-17 10:51:21

I'm pretty sure they're legally obliged to give tap water.

user892 Sun 12-Feb-17 10:51:49

Report them to whoever issues their licence.

Perihelion Sun 12-Feb-17 10:54:07

Sure they didn't say "the license" especially if it was after last orders?

RoonilWaslib Sun 12-Feb-17 10:54:19

The only possible explanation is that drinking water the next day after a heavy night on cider supposedly dilutes it and can make your drunk again.
Supposedly.

Unless the landlord is a qualified GP, I'm not sure they have grounds to be refusing water to patrons based on "science"

ArchNotImpudent Sun 12-Feb-17 10:55:04

Was it after the pub had stopped serving, and could he possibly have said it was because of 'the licence' not 'the science'?

CaraAspen Sun 12-Feb-17 10:56:09

More likely they wanted her to BUY a soft drink.

harderandharder2breathe Sun 12-Feb-17 10:56:33

Yanbu they should give a glass of tap water if requested. I also think you likely misheard and they said license although not sure if the license affects them giving a glass of tap water out for free

Vanillamanilla1 Sun 12-Feb-17 10:56:33

I was out last week and we got absolutely hammered inthe pub
My friend went to buy more and they suggested we had water instead
"The science -" absolute tosh

NarkyMcDinkyChops Sun 12-Feb-17 10:57:17

*The only possible explanation is that drinking water the next day after a heavy night on cider supposedly dilutes it and can make your drunk again
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This is not remotely true, logical or possible. And unless she had slept in the pub and was asking for water the next morning, not even applicable.

cazzyg Sun 12-Feb-17 11:00:17

Rubbish. It's against their license not to provide water and when I worked in bars (admittedly a very long time ago) a glass of tap water wouldn't have gone through the till and could have been given even after we'd stopped serving.

Trainspotting1984 Sun 12-Feb-17 11:02:03

Ha ha no I suspect they just thought it would be easy to get rid of a drunk person with a stupid answer

EveOnline2016 Sun 12-Feb-17 11:02:12

Could it be that the drinking water has been tested and is unsafe to drink.

ArchNotImpudent Sun 12-Feb-17 11:02:24

Apparently some licences specify a specific time by which everyone has to be off the premises - if it was 'the licence' could your friend have fallen foul of that?

ArchNotImpudent Sun 12-Feb-17 11:04:17

specify a specific aargh! Tautology!

insancerre Sun 12-Feb-17 11:04:57

Seems like they are in breach of the law

Shaddrack Sun 12-Feb-17 11:08:25

No they were still serving, and he did let her buy a coke!
It was the barman not the landlord, I did think he was just being a dick.

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