Au Contraire

What are we going to do about the booze epidemic sweeping Britain? People are consuming more than ever and ignoring the recommended limits. And what about the kids who are binge drinking themselves to an early grave. It’s terrible, isn’t it?
It is. Except...

A newly published study confirms that people are actually drinking less.

I don’t believe it. Sheer heresy. What idiot is making these claims?

The same NHS who are always being quoted as saying alcohol consumption levels are at epidemic levels and we’ll all be dead soon?
Yes. A longitudinal study has shown that alcohol consumption has fallen over the last decade. In 2001, 25% of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 15 drank at least once a week. But in 2010 the figure had nearly halved to 13%.

Yes. And of the youngsters quizzed, the number who thought it was acceptable to get drunk was almost halved as well.

Ah, but what about the rest of us? I bet we’re still knocking it back like Flynn?
Not really. In 1998 75% of men and 50% of women reported that they drank once a week. But, by 2010, that number had dropped for men to 68%, and only rose slightly for women to 54%.

So it’s all good news then?
Oh no. The report also says that the number of binge drinkers ending up in hospital has risen from 142,000 ten years ago to almost 200,000 last year.

But isn’t that just down to how they define a binge drinker and changes in hospital admission procedures?
You could say that. I couldn’t possibly comment.

So can we expect the government to drop its anti-alcohol agenda and start sponsoring beer festivals?
Now you’re just being silly.


Curmudgeon said…
Ah well, the policy is obviously working, let's step it up...
RedNev said…
Mustn't let the facts get in the way of treasured prejudices.

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