I see that Nanny continues to "pump up the volume" on her never ceasing campaign against alcohol.
Recently Alcohol Concern Cymru publicly called for an end to the "pocket money" prices of shop-bought alcohol.
It seems that, if Alcohol Concern Cymru are to be believed, shop deals mean that the weekly recommended alcohol limit for a man can be bought for less than £4 and a woman's for under £3.
The Welsh Assembly are also pressing to have more power over alcohol licensing and pricing.
Alcohol Concern Cymru says that it wants to see the unit price of alcohol raised to 50p, in order to "deter" under-age drinking.
Well, here are a few points:
1 As has been said by many loyal readers on this site, "normal" people do not drink "alcohol" they drink beer, gin etc etc. Normal people do not like, want to or indeed drink the cut priced "sh*te" that the anti alcohol campaigners keep referring to.
2 Most kids, if they are brought up to respect alcohol in the family home, do not rush down to the local bus stop every night to swing a 2 litre bottle of sh*te cider.
3 Minimum pricing is bollocks and, if anything, makes things worse. Scandinavia has had such a policy for decades (aside from the fact it actually breaks certain aspects of EU law), all that has happened is that a certain section of the population swig homemade hooch, whilst others drink themselves into a coma in their homes (before going out) or in pub toilets with shop bought booze (rather than pay the even more exorbitant prices charged by clubs and pubs). In other words, like it or not, people like to drink.
4 There will always be idiots, and ill/addicted people, who find pleasure in drinking themselves to oblivion each day (with whatever comes to hand). Whatever the price of "alcohol", these people will find something to sate their needs (eg meths).
5 The real issue that needs to be addressed is what causes certain kids to choose to seek to obliterate their brains each day on cheap sh*te. That of course might open up a whole can of worms that Nanny doesn't want addressed (eg lousy educashun system offering no future employment, squalid housing conditions, ineffective local services that do nothing more than "hector" the kids and parents etc etc).
The price of alcohol is not the cause of society's ills!
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