Like naughty little children, we are ignoring the warnings about alcohol according to the current health minister who is indistinguishable from the previous health minister.
Apparently, we do not accept the harm that alcohol can do to our bodies. I would suggest that people do understand – a certain Ms Winehouse died through alcohol excess, we are informed today. I would also suggest that many of us have witnessed excess at some point in our lives. We are well aware that the liver can give up when overwhelmed as happened to George Best. There is plenty of evidence that we have all seen at some point to warn us that alcohol can do a great deal of harm to our bodies
If we drink too much of it.
And that is the crux of the matter. I see little if any evidence that the majority drink too much of it. Social drinkers are in no danger of coming to any harm. The government guidelines about what is safe is pure fiction and people are realising this. Sure, if like Winehouse you down three bottles of vodka in a session, then alcohol poisoning is a very real possibility. If, like Best, you spend a lifetime drinking heavily, then cirrhosis will follow, but for the majority, a few pints during an evening out or a wine with a meal will not cause harm because the body will get rid of it quickly enough. What is too much will vary from one individual to another, but I’ve come across very few people who can be deemed to be drinking too much and that includes the alcoholism I’ve encountered.
The government is finding out that if you shout loud and often about a terrible happening that actually doesn’t happen, then people will switch off. I believe there was a fable about just such a thing.
Still, undeterred, the blue socialists are planning on following in the footsteps of heir illustrious predecessors and pushing ahead with their temperance policy regardless of the facts:
She said the Department of Health was in “ongoing discussions” with the Treasury on how alcohol pricing could be used to encourage safer drinking.
But she said setting a minimum price per unit was “probably illegal”.
There’s no “probably” about it. It is illegal. That’s what remaining in the EU means, they set the laws and the law says you can’t do it. And even if you could, any form of taxation that is designed to modify behaviour is immoral. Tax, a necessary evil at best should be used solely for the purposes of funding the state, not to be used as a stick to modify our lifestyles.
Still, Ms Milton does get one thing right:
And there was, she acknowledged, a “difficulty” with guidelines full stop because people were inclined to disbelieve any messages about what to do – and what not to do – that come from government.
This is because they are lying, conniving charlatans who cannot be trusted to be honest or truthful. While they continue to peddle the myths about safe limits of alcohol, that will continue to be the case.