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Poll: Did the Good Friday ban on alcohol sales impact on you?

Pubs and off-licences were shut yesterday – but while the closure has become controversial, did it really matter to you?

Image: Simon Cocks via Flickr

PUBS AND OFF-LICENCES across the country were shut yesterday, in accordance with licencing laws that largely prohibit the sale of alcohol on Good Friday.

The continued ban on alcohol sales originates from Christian traditions to abstain from alcohol on Good Friday, which marks the anniversary of the death of Christ. As society has become increasingly secular, debate has continued over whether a religious observation should be given such legal status.

While there does not appear to be any plan to rescind the ban for the time being, today – the day after the pubs took a day off – we want to know whether the ban actually impacted on your plans yesterday, or whether you simply worked around it.

Regardless of whether you’re in favour of removing the ban – did it have any impact on you yesterday?

[Update: A reader has emailed in to point out that some sports clubs, and the like, were still open as usual yesterday - if this applies to you, vote in the 'My pub opened anyway' option.]

Poll Results:

No - I already had alcohol at home, so drank that (574)
I just didn't want to drink/I don't drink (466)
Yes - I wanted to drink but couldn't (183)
No - I abstained to mark the day (152)
No - My pub opened anyway (54)
No - I got alcohol on a train or ferry (12)

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Gavan Reilly

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