One of Nanny's chums, associated with the butchers' profession, is whinging on about booze again.
This time the "big threat" to our health comes from normal sized bottles of wine. Evidently, according to Trish Groves (Deputy Editor of The British Medical Journal) we are all too stupid and weak to be trusted with a whole bottle of wine.
In her view this is too tempting for us; when we open it, we are likely to drink the whole bottle.
Make supermarkets etc sell half bottles instead.
Ms Groves said:
"It's all too tempting to finish the bottle there and then to avoid waste.
Coupled with the news that wine is getting stronger, it's no wonder Britain's middle classes are getting wasted."
-Dare I suggest that the urge to down a whole bottle, once it is opened, is hers?
-Is she in fact speaking for herself here?
-Is it possible that the person she is trying to protect from "hazardous" middle class drinking is herself?
She went on to say:
"My local supermarket has row upon row of good looking wines in 75cl bottles - but it offers only three wines in half-bottles, hides them with the dessert wines that nobody drinks, and bumps up the prices prohibitively."
Well, I will agree with one point, let's push for booze to be cheaper!
OK, here's why she is talking bollocks:
- Some years ago I was on the morning Korean Air flight from Seoul to Tokyo, and partook of a particularly fine English breakfast whilst on board; eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns etc ...the full monty!
To accompany this fine repast, I had a bottle of red wine. Now the airline, as all airlines do, served the wine in those itty bitty bottles (I think they are a third of a bottle?). Needless to say, one itty bitty bottle was not enough to do justice to this fine repast, I needed had to have at least two more before feeling sated.
Therefore, as this scientific research proves, small bottles in fact encourage you to drink more!
- People have free will and are able, if they wish, to say no; it is not obligatory to drink an entire bottle of wine once it is opened. Nanny and her chums should stop trying to label us as weak willed morons, unable to control and manage our own lives.
- The butchers' profession, and indeed the world of journalism, is inhabited by a statistically significant number of people who are overweight, smokers, drinkers and substance abusers. I do not think that they are in a position to give the rest of us advice as to what we should or should not eat, drink or smoke.
- Bottles of wine have corks, they can be replaced once opened. May I suggest that Ms Groves puts a cork in it!