Here we go again.
Yet another “study” that tells us that drinking alcohol will “shorten our lives”.
I have a simple question for these so called experts. They claim that if I drink a bottle of wine it will shorten my life. My question is easy – how do they know when I am supposed to die? They cannot claim that my life will be shortened by six months if they don’t know when I should have died if I didn’t drink. They might as well claim that my piece of string will be shorter. It is a nonsense. It is a pathetic scare tactic. It is meaningless.
Sometime in the future I will die. I know a lot of you will be gutted by this news but nevertheless it will happen. It will happen on a precise date at a precise time, but even I don’t know when that time will be. It might be in five minutes or it could be in thirty years. No one knows. And until such time as they do know they cannot declare that anything is shortening or lengthening my lifespan.
So they are talking about risks. Every single day we all take risks whether we know it or not. I am currently running the risk of being killed by a meteorite or a piece of an aircraft striking the spot where I am sitting. I am running the risk of sudden and catastrophic heart failure where my heart just decides for its own reasons to stop working. This morning I was out on the road and ran the constant risk of being hit by another car that went out of control. I met a bus that was going [at speed] in the opposite direction and ran the real risk of a tyre failing causing a head on collision.
At the bottom of the page reporting this “startling piece of research” there is a link to another article.
This one is a blatant call for “plain packaging” for bottles of alcohol. We need to know what is in each bottle.
It is a fundamental right of consumers to make informed choices about the products they purchase, and it is the obligation of government to ensure citizens are able to do so.
You want fundamental rights?
I’ll give you a fundamental right.
What about my fundamental right to live my life as I see fit without being hectored and bullied by the State?