A report highly critical of the Government's alcohol strategy was published quietly the same day that a ban on the recreational drug mephedrone was recommended.Heh..! Professor Nutt is learning that when you are on the outs with the government, you are really on the outs.
For ‘twas he who helped write this latest missive from the People Who Know Best:
Changes are proposed in the report by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), which also accuses ministers of being insufficiently "pro-active" in their efforts to curb excessive drinking.And what do the boffins suggest?
The report says pubs and restaurants should use a standard measure, so drinks contain similar amounts of alcohol. Instead of measuring drinks in terms of volume – a "large" or "small" glass of wine – they should be measured in units of alcohol, so customers understand how much they are drinking.Do they really think the people that cause the problems associated with ‘problem drinking’ will care..?
The report was submitted nine months ago but published only on 29 March, after the council issued its recommendation for the ban on mephedrone. It was ignored due to the outcry surrounding the drug.That’s a pity.
It should be ignored because it’s yet more useless, nannying, hectoring, pointless crap, designed to ‘denormalise’ a normal activity for the vast majority of people by riding on the back of the problems created by the minority.
Strong beers and lagers should attract higher taxes and a ban on drinking games in colleges and universities should be considered, the report says. A lower blood alcohol limit should also be imposed for drivers under 25 because of their high accident rate, it adds.*sigh*
The proposal to switch from measures of volume to measures of alcohol is aimed to halt the trend of serving wine in larger glasses. The report says: "Nowadays, even a small glass of wine represents a large quantity of alcohol, and this encourages ever greater quantities of alcohol to be consumed."Oh, why not? That business of messing around with the container worked so well with salt cellars, didn’t it?
Isn’t it about time we gave up on trying to socially engineer our way out of problems? The problem is, at heart, never, ever the item/vehicle/substance itself, but the people that are bound and determined to use/abuse it.
After all, as Tim Worstall points out, the latest government edict has had absolutely no effect whatsoever. In fact, it appears to have made the forbidden fruit even more attractive...