Drink up Lads
Last Friday there was an article in the Irish Times.
I didn’t pay much attention to it at the time as it was fairly typical of the kind of scaremongering that goes around these days. I mean to say – “dirt cheap”? For fuck’s sake! Anyone in this country who goes for a few pints is very rapidly going to find his wallet emptied.
And what’s all this about suicides? I know the suicide rate has increased alarmingly over the past couple of years but I would hazard a guess that unemployment, debt, house repossessions and the rest have a certain bearing?
Then I noticed a paragraph –
Ms Shortall said that, in many cases, young people were not able to handle the amount of drink they could now afford and that there was “an onus” on the Government to address the problem.
Aha! Here we go. The Bully State is moving in on alcohol?
She expected the group to make recommendations on pricing and availability which would then be examined by the Government. “We’re looking at the question of minimum pricing to remove that dirt cheap element from the market,” she said.
There was one whisper from the voice of reason –
Kathryn D’Arcy, director of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, said alcohol consumption was on the decline in the State over the last decade but that it would support all evidence-based proposals to address misuse.
Sorry, Kathryn but you should know by now that “evidence based” means a rake of biased junk ‘science’.
But one swallow does not a summer make, as they say so I let it pass.
On Tuesday however, the screws were tightened a bit.
This was more or less a regurgitation of Friday’s piece but the language had become that bit more hysterical.
Alcohol has gone from “dirt cheap” to “exceptionally cheap”. Wow! “Huge quantities of cheap alcohol are being consumed.” Fuck! The country must be swimming in the stuff. “The statistics are stark.” Hah! In a Bully State, the statistics are always stark.
There were a couple of lines that did bring a cynical smile to the face though –
“Furthermore, one in four deaths in young men is due to alcohol, compared with one in 12 due to cancers and one in 25 due to circulatory disease”
Here it is folks. If a Bully State wants to control you they try to terrify you with the prospect of cancer and heart disease. Where have I heard this before?
“overindulgence in alcohol was the biggest social problem facing Ireland today.”
Damn! And here was I thinking that it was poverty and unemployment or even smoking and obesity. Just shows how wrong I can be?
Coincidentally [my arse] another item appeared on Tuesday.
Now this one was the “science” bit. Just in case we are not scared by the politicians’ rhetoric, they start firing scary statistics at us.
Of course this piece introduces the poor innocent children. These poor little waifs who are so hard done by with their errant parents.
over half a million children are living with adults who engage regularly in hazardous drinking.
What the fuck is hazardous drinking? Do the adults insist on lowering their pints while sitting on a narrow ledge on a tall cliff?
“This equate [sic] to 587,000 children – over half of whom are under 15 years of age – being exposed to risk from parental hazardous drinking.”
Bloody hell! There can’t be a sober house in the land.
Of course the figures don’t bear close examination but that doesn’t matter. The scary stuff is out there now and everyone is quaking in their [alcohol filled] boots.
Is it a mere coincidence that we have a budget in the next few weeks? Do I see an obvious connection?
Let’s make some predictions for the budget and beyond.
- A big hike in excise duty.
- Minimum pricing.
- Graphic [Photoshopped] images on all bottles.
- A massive clampdown on advertising.
- Restrictions on where alcohol can be consumed.
- Talk of “secondhand alcoholism”.
Need I go on?
You know the routine.
same sort of thing happening here. a kid first year uni frat party drank himself to death, probably first time drinking out from mum n dads. so now, no more happy hour, beer prices going up. i didn’t force the booze in him why is my drinkies costing me more? i don’t agree no, i don’t like it at all
Its time to blow the dust off the home brew kit. My favourite was a larger I called ‘Farp’. It had obvious effects, but it was bloody strong. There’ll be no carbon taxes either. Then there’s the wine. A multitude of free fruit from Mother Nature. All you need is the time and Noonan ain’t getting tax here too.
There are three types of crimes:
2.against people’s property
3.against the ruling class- this is called public order in the U.S.A.
When the ruling class does not like a caste of people or a behavior, they pass a type-3 law.
Alcohol taxes and tavern closing hours are back-door-prohibition laws.
why is it always 1 in 4 ? its bizarre nearly every single thing they want changed or banned or taxed is “1 in 4” of such and such
Just seen on tv 1 in 4 9 year olds are over weight its almost like the 7% bond yeilds thing just a magic number it might be based on speculation but fuck it thats a magic cut off point
I just went to vote yesterday to allow Sunday sales of beer and wine in supermarkets. Fer fux sake it’s 2011 and they are just getting round to this. Tossers.
I don’t think that it is ever going to be 2011 in Georgia.
They forgot the current ‘fashionable’ illness – diabetes. Wait till tomorrow when some not so civil servant reads this blog, then we’ll have “Drinking causes 1 in 4 cases of Diabetes!”
I have a very frightening stastistic that is proven true – “100% of all divorces are caused by Marriage!” 🙂
Cat – It’s the same everywhere. Some kid falls off a bike or gets stuck op a tree and immediately there are calls for new laws. The Nanny State never sleeps.
Slab – Between growing our own tobacco and brewing our own beer, we’re going to be busy. Next I have to find out how to grow my own salt, sugar and nice fatty foods.
Ramrod – As far as I can make out, they won’t be happy until we are all Stepford People – Working hard for the State, never unhealthy, always happy and never complaining. It sounds like Hell!
Dark – Thanks for the laugh. I too watched the news and there it was – one in four is obese! They really love their fucking numbers and statistics. Funny how when I am out and about I never seem to see many fat kids? A few, yes but not one in four.
TT – Don’t worry. They’ll all be closing again soon.
Not Green – Diabetes is caused by the pandemic of obesity. I thought you knew that? Also may I add – 100% of all births result in death. [Eventually.]
What about 350 gallons of blackberry wine – http://www.forthefainthearted.com/2011/11/08/the-month-of-the-dead/
The taste of summer sunshine in the dead month. A friend used to, when he was on leave from his ship (nine months on, nine off), ferment his own wine. Five gallons fermenting, five ready to bottle and five to drink at all times. It was real good. Thats all I can remember though.
He’s dead now….
Another pal distilled his own poitín. A 200 year old secret family recipe. It went down real smooth and warmed you up with an inner glow. Bloody magic. Straight off the still, warm. Thats all I can remember
too. He went to Australia, fukkit.
Blackwatertown – I read that piece of Ian’s. Not a bad output? More than some French vineyards I would imagine!
You could not make it up nothing done about the thieves who ruined the country but lets stop people having a drink. When I was back in Ireland last August I was shocked at the HIGH price of drink compared to the UK. I hope Sean Fitzpatrick will still be able to afford have a dram out of his million Euro pension.
Boy, they are certainly giving you plenty of fodder for your blog over there lately, aren’t they Grandad? Not that it’s just where you are. Extremism is rampant everywhere. The art of compromise seems to be dead.
I like your predictions. I think you’re onto something. The talk of “second hand alcoholism” made me smile, but you know what, I can actually envision someone using that phrase sometime, which is really, really, sad.
How about second-hand-homosexuality? There are plenty of soccer-moms and husbitches who spend a lot of time worring about that.
When all of this was being discussed on the radio the other day, the definition of “hazardous drinking” was 4 pints or more. I’ve see this backed up in the examiner and I quote them “Hazardous drinking is defined as drinking four or more pints of beer at a session. ‘Regular’ means at least once a month, according to the EU and WHO”. Nothing for it then – we all need to be given ration books for beer to stop use drinking too much for our own good.. What a lot of whatsit
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Welcome Monty! It’s no fucking wonder we have a major drinking problem. If they adjusted their criteria to reasonable figures that would remove that problem in an instant. They probably define alcoholism as having more than two visits to the pub in a week.
And that’s all I need – a drunken Slab. *sigh*
Denise – While you are waiting for the first mention of second hand alcoholism, you can read this. 😉
A drunk drives more carefully.
A godd reason for driving drunk is that is the way to get home.
Drunk driving laws enrich the state and the lawyer class.
Auto transportation is intrinsically dangerous. Cowards don’t belong on the road.
Unlike war and occupation deaths, auto deaths are nondiscriminating.
It’s all a ruse to drive the price of booze sold in off licences up so the Publicans can benefit – watch this space, prices will not go up for Pubs but will for Off Licences and supermarkets……..
Dessiegee – Whatever they do, it is going to impact on the vast majority who treat drink with respect. Once again, the actions of a small minority are causing a panic reaction. If they applied current legislation [such as age limits] then that would go a very long way to solving the “problem”.