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Holy royal drunkenness! Britain’s plan to curb us

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 at 1:35 pm in Uncategorized.

One minute it’s good for us. The next, it’s responsible for the downfall of a society.

I loved (note sarcastic tone) the piece in the London Times yesterday on the crackdown on Britain’s middle class wine drinkers.

The government there has unveiled a three prong plan to curb drinking not by preteens, but by cubicle dwellers. Apparently, they’re tossing back a bottle or two of wine after work, and even though it’s drinking-related diseases that are costing the country over $1 billion, they’re cracking down on the average wine drinker. Odd. Not people who consume whiskey. Or scotch. But Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

In all fairness, the other prongs will attack underage drinking and heavy abuse, but why include innocent people who like to sip wine at home?

According to the story, by the end of next year, all alcoholic drinks sold in bottles and cans will be expected to carry labels disclosing the number of units and recommended safe drinking limits. They will also require pubs and supermarkets to display health warnings on alcohol at the bar or registers.

Perhaps that’s our problem in this country too? Never mind the mentally ill homeless population or those with a genetic disposition for alcoholism. Point to the the office manager, whose rabid consumption of Yellow Tail is responsible for society steady decay.

Here’s an interesting statistic: In England, alcohol costs 54 percent less than it did in 1980. And, at least when it comes to wine, the quality’s gone up. But I doubt that really matters in England. This is Europe, people! Land of smokers, drinkers, invincible types who sacrifice the look of their teeth for the good life. We need you to keep drinking. Please, for us.

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