Adults in Scotland are drinking the equivalent of 46 bottles of vodka each in a year, a study has suggested.There are no tee-totallers in Scotland? No Muslims? No people who just don't like the taste, and prefer orange juice? No visitors to Scotland, who might like to experience a wee dram or two, and so push up the total figure?
Or is this 'study' a pointless, scaremongering load of old cack, using dodgy statistical analysis to make the point needed by the Bansturbators?
The research was based on industry sales data analysed by NHS Health Scotland.Ah. Thought so.
Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said it was time for critics of minimum pricing to "wake up" to the scale of Scotland's drink problem.It's official. Straight from the mouth of their elected representatives, Scotland, a land of stumbling incoherent alcoholics. Apparantly.
She added: "All the evidence tells us that the big rise in Scottish alcohol consumption in recent decades is closely linked with the 70% drop in alcohol's relative cost.
"As a consequence, our country now faces an unprecedented burden from alcohol-related health problems, crime and lost economic productivity, which runs into billions and which we are all paying for."
Boy, I bet the Scottish Tourist Board is having a whip-round now to pay for a hit-man...