It is instructive that the unrelenting puritanical clamour for a clamp down on binge drinking comes as overall consumption is falling.
Perhaps they’re in such a rush so that they can get their plans in place, then laud them a success on the back of the existing trend.
It’s happened before, where speed-cameras were installed where there had been a lot of accidents the previous year, and their efficacy ‘demonstrated’ by showing a reduction in accidents that is merely a regression to mean.
Post puritan, ergo propter puritan.
Alcohol consumption in 2009 saw the sharpest year-on-year decline since 1948, figures from the British Beer and Pub Association suggest.
The BBPA said the data showed a 6% decline in 2009
Well… 6% is nothing to be sniffed at, but it’s probably just a bli… oh.
the fourth annual decline in five years.
The association said UK drinkers were now consuming 13% less alcohol than in 2004, below the EU average.
Other than control, miserablism and peck-snifferous repression, that is.
Fuck ‘em all.