Monday, 19 October 2009

Falling off a cliff

Despite all the hysteria in the media about “binge-drink Britain” and our “ever-growing” alcohol problems, the actual facts tell a completely different story, with alcohol consumption falling at the fastest rate for more than 60 years. Indeed, it has been falling steadily for the past five years, despite the introduction of “24-hour drinking”. So remind me again why we need mandatory codes, minimum pricing and all the rest of the panoply of anti-drink measures that are being touted. Obviously the BBPA have an axe to grind, but they are spot-on in pointing out that it doesn’t automatically follow that reducing overall consumption leads to a fall in “problem drinking” and therefore a more targeted approach is needed rather than making everyone suffer.

2 comments:

  1. It puts the moral panic into perspective, doesn't it? Incidentally, that poll on the Alcohol Focus Scotland website about minimum pricing is now running at 69% against.

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  2. I think they must have their staffers repeatedly deleting their cookies and revoting...

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