The story of the Government's response to an earlier epidemic of binge-drinking.

By 1916, drunken navvies and workers from a huge munitions factory were causing so much trouble in Carlisle that wartime licensing restrictions were deemed inadequate.

Sterner measures were called for, so the city's pubs and breweries were nationalised.

It was a wartime experiment that proved so successful it lasted another 55 years.

The programme is presented by Allan Beswick and recorded on location in and around Carlisle, where many buildings and other relics of the State Management Scheme can still be seen.

The programme title comes from the sign 'Treating Strictly Prohibited' that became a familiar sight in Carlisle pubs where buying rounds for other drinkers was made illegal.


Broadcast Details

  • First broadcast 20060510 (Radio 4)
  • First repeated 20070411 (Radio 4)

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