A toast to the Nanny State

Ireland has the second highest rate of binge drinking in the world

That makes for a good headline, doesn't it?

Let's take a closer look.

First of all, there is the WHO's definition of "binge drinking" which apparently means 6 "standard" drinks?  I am assuming by "standard, they mean a "unit" which interestingly enough varies from country to country.  So in Ireland, 500ml [which is around four fifths of a pint] accounts for two units?  Therefore, by my understanding , if you drink three pints it's a "binge drinking" session?  Three fucking pints?  To listen to the WHO's hysteria you'd swear they were talking about at least ten pints if not a lot more.  But what they are screaming about is that 64% of men have said they had downed three pints in one session in the last month, which I would consider completely normal and certainly none of the WHO's fucking business.

Another interesting fact they claim is that by far the majority prefer drinking pints.  I would have thought they would be happy about that as beer [or stout] tends to fill you up and it's a lot harder to drink eight pints than it is to down eight shorts.  But then the WHO are never happy, are they?

Of course Suzanne Costello [she of Alcohol Concern – a fake “charity” that makes a living out of its “concern”] – has to step in with the horrendous stories of liver disease, cancer [of course]  and screaming "risk" and "harm".  Of course I am aware that there are problems related to excessive use of alcohol just as there are problems associated with excessive use of a lot of things but to listen to Ms Costello you'd swear that everyone who drank three pints would cause several hit-and-run accidents while driving home to beat up the wife and kids, before dropping dead of liver cancer.

None of this is the WHO's concern.  It is none of their business if a bloke wants to drop into the pub on a Friday evening to have three pints while maybe watching a football match.  It's none of their business if a few friends meet up in a pub for a chat and a few glasses of wine.  It's none of their business if I want to invite a friend or two around to kill a bottle of whiskey.  They do however seem to think it's their business to nag us about anything that we might enjoy or that might relax us a bit and help us to set aside the miserable world they are trying to create.

Naturally, we all know where this is heading –

"This effective normalisation of drunkenness in our society has been fuelled by the widespread availability of cheap alcohol, which is then very heavily promoted, with young people a particular focus of these powerful and sophisticated advertising and marketing campaigns."

The want to "denormalise" drinking.  They want advertising bans, display bans, minimum pricing and heavy taxation. plain labeling and health warnings.  Now where have I heard all that before?

It's funny how they overlook the apparently irrelevant fact that alcohol consumption is declining rapidly here in Ireland?

But then facts always were their weak spot.

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A toast to the Nanny State — 10 Comments

  1. So they're blaming it on cheap alcohol, eh? Just another government pseudo-scientific, pseudo-sociological excuse to add to the tax on alcohol in the next budget. If they want to wean people off alcohol they gotta wean them onto cafe society. Think of brown cafes in Amsterdam or sumpin.

    • Presumably by "cheap alcohol" they mean the gnat's piss they sell in supermarkets?  I wouldn't give that stuff to the dog.  Real alcohol here is anything but cheap.

      Cafe society sounds nice but you'd need a drop of consistent dry warm weather for that. 

      • Government subsidies for sidewalk cafe owners to install outdoor heating apparatus (solar-powered to satisfy the greenies et al) might tempt more of the wino and six-pack brigade to defect to Ireland's cafe society. Just kidding.

        • Kidding indeed!  The main obstacle facing pub/cafés who want to provide pavement seating is that the councils charge them silly amounts for the privilege.  Anything to milk businesses for a bit of extra tax…..

  2. Won't somebody pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeese think of the children?

    Oh this silly lady is.

    "with young people a particular focus of these powerful and sophisticated advertising and marketing campaigns."

    So what is a 'young person'?

    • A "young person/child" is a mythical little blue-eyed, fair haired Shirley Temple that is wheeled out to appeal to the sheeple.  In reality it's a knuckle dragging snot gobbler that is to be found on any street corner, selling smuggled cigarettes when it isn't dealing heroin.

  3. I keep saying this, but what leaves me totally flummoxed is how these people have the arrogance to believe that it is incumbent on them to seek to regulate my lifestyle, like I'm some fucking mentally deficient kid who is unable to make my own choices. Who the fuck do they think they are? The chosen ones? The master race? God?

    Don't they realise that they are just unimaginative grey jobsworth killjoys who haven't got a fucking clue what life is all about? They are a disease, a pestilence that should be excised from the lives of normal people.

    There are very few things in life that make me angry, but the sheer gall of my wannabe, would-be keepers in thinking they have any say in how I live my life really (and I mean really) makes my blood boil. Heaven forbid that I should ever meet any of them, because I fear I would resort to physical violence (which, like anger, is also alien to my nature).

    If I had my way, the lot of them would be shipped out to some remote and windswept island, where they could indulge themselves nagging and telling each other what to do, and banning stuff to their hearts content. The rest of the world would be a happier place.

    I am sooo glad I don't live in UK or Eire, where these parasites tend to congregate. Thank God for Greece.

    • I couldn't agree more.  And the more they try to force me into their joyless "safe" world, the more I resist.  If they told me that drinking drain fluid was dangerous, I wouldn't believe them any more.  The only consolation is the thought that their joyless lives spent worrying about health is guaranteed to send them to an early grave from a heart attack.

  4. "This effective drunkenness in our society has been fuelled by the widespread availability of  cheap alcohol"

    I guess that's got Temple Bar off the hook then.

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