Saturday, October 10, 2009
Dr Chris Record, writing in the Royal Society of Physician's journal Clinical Medicine, argues that moderate drinkers are footing the bill for a minority to drink to excess and that a minimum price for alcohol would end this subsidy.
"The fact is that 80 per cent of alcohol purchases are made by only 30 per cent of the population and at a time when families are finding it more difficult to make ends meet, it is unfair that the moderate drinking majority should be subsidising a heavy-drinking minority."
He then goes on to argue that:
"A minimum price would mean an increase in profit for retailers from alcohol, allowing them to make other products more affordable for moderate drinkers."
Someone please tell these people to mind their own business, doctors are the worst people for abusing drink, drugs and fags.
"Although the physical health of doctors compares favourably with that of the general population, they have an increased prevalence of alcohol and drug problems and a higher suicide rate. Data from the U.S.A. indicate that approximately 10% of physicians become dependent on psychoactive drugs or alcohol at some time during their careers. Dynamic influences in their upbringing, pressure of work and ready access to drugs may all predispose to drug or alcohol misuse."
Source Alcohol and drug use and related problems in the medical profession
We live in a "free market" economy where, in theory, we have a choice as to what to buy and where to buy it.
Minimum prices represent nothing more than crude social engineering, which will inevitably fail.
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