Wednesday, 8 August 2012

But binge drinking?


It's destroying our town centres surely?

“Every night, in town centres, hospitals and police stations across the country, people have to cope with the consequences of alcohol abuse. And the problem is getting worse. Over the last decade we’ve seen a frightening growth in the number of people — many under age — who think it’s acceptable for people to get drunk in public in ways that wreck lives, spread fear and increase crime. This is one of the scandals of our society and I am determined to deal with it.” 

I'll give David Cameron the benefit of the doubt and say he's merely ignorant rather than wilfully misleading. Because he's wrong - here's CAMRA on young people drinking:
“The percentage of young pub goers (18-24 year olds) visiting the pub regularly – once a week or more – has plummeted from 38% to 16% since 2005.”

And this is reflected in the parallel fact that per capita consumption of alcohol - especially by young men - has fallen year after year for the last decade.

Not that you'd know from the news of course!


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