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Britians increasingly dying in their beer

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posted on Jan, 6 2006 @ 11:02 PM
Although the rest of Europe are experiencing falling death rates from liver disease, Inhabitants of the Brittish Isles are drinking themselves to early graves faster than ever before.
Figures published today show a massive increase in deaths from liver disease in the UK at a time when rates are falling across the rest of Europe.

In the 1980s and 1990s, cirrhosis death rates for men rose by over two-thirds in England and Wales, says a report in The Lancet. Deaths more than doubled in Scotland.

Over the last 40 years alcohol consumption has doubled in the UK with the rise of the binge-drinking culture among young men and women.

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If there is one direction society has got worse at its the use and abuse of alcohol now compared to the past, we are breeding an entire generation who think its totally normal to get sloshed down the pub.

The results are seen in increasing teenage alcoholism, abuse and violence, not to mention the appaling increase vehicle accidents by teens.

We seem powerless as a society to control the access to alcohol with the introduction of 24 hour opening times and media pushing of children focused alco-pops.

Didn't watching the rat pack and dean martin getting pissed on martinis before singing even make an impact on their parents?

Personally I think a major reason for the increasing deaths have been a rise in the binge drinking culture, where people drink themselves to a stupor and then go on the internet.

Frequently now posters like John Bull and Nerdling are virtually falling off their chairs whilst posting leading to some bizzare conversations in the Chat room. As a result I recommend internet machines be equipped with built in breathalysers with lock downs saying "You are too pissed to post" preventing such abuse.

[edit on 1-6-2006 by Valhall]

posted on Jan, 7 2006 @ 06:09 AM
I've recently noticed the amounts of alco-pop adverts on TV nowadays there's hundreds

WKD, Bacardi Breezer, Smirnoff Ice, etc

It's pretty bad it's like they're promoting getting drunk

Originally posted by Netchicken
As a result I recommend internet machines be equipped with built in breathalysers with lock downs saying "You are too pissed to post" preventing such abuse.

I think the amount of people who wouldn't be on if this happened would be staggering

posted on Jan, 7 2006 @ 03:43 PM
I agree with this point, good post
I can't believe the amount of drunken 14-16 year old I see in my town, off their face clubbing, we should really be clamping down on I.D.'ing people and having more awarness on the dangers of alcohol. I also think that the "diesel" is killing people's livers, just one of those red devils will knock your socks off!!!

posted on Jan, 7 2006 @ 04:00 PM
Why is it that this has only now been noticed so soon after the laws regarding hours of service of alchohol having had increased only just recently?

With regards to underage drinkers, identification will make no difference.

Kids as young as 12 are going out in groups of 5-10 people getting drunk - kids this young just don't look old enough to get served.

They get people old enough to buy it for them or they steal it from their parents.

Many of these kids parents were young when the kids were born and they themselves have no sense of responsibility for their own actions let alone their childrens.. in fact most don't care where their kids are and are happy that the 'brats' are out of their way for the evening. Most of these parents are as bad as the kids.. its not the kids fault really, it is just learned behaviour and bad nurturing.

Drinking however is a part of the British sociaite escapist culture and has been since at least the turn of the last century.

The extent has not been so great as now due to the fact that people do not feel happy or in control of their lives as feel socialising in this environment an escape from their daily lives and who can blame many of them as this is probably the most affordable vice that is available.

posted on Jan, 8 2006 @ 07:06 AM
good point Klepto....This current problem we have in the UK, of teenage pregnancies is definitely a catalyst.... I know AT LEAST four couples in my area who are 16-18 who have had a child just to get a council house, and get out on their own. They all want to live "the grown up life" but don't bother to actually go to school and get educated to work for what the y want. I'm afraid that its only going to get worse...many of these "child parents" are going to neglect instilling adult sensible behaviour into their children, and instead show the kids that partying every day, not working, and making babies is OK...the parents teach their kids the wrong way, the kids teach their kids, and so the cycle of redundancy continues...I really am worried about the future of my country.

posted on Jan, 9 2006 @ 04:49 PM

If there is one direction society has got worse at its the use and abuse of alcohol now compared to the past, we are breeding an entire generation who think its totally normal to get sloshed down the pub.

It's always been bad! My parents were part of what I call the "cocktail generation." They had and went to regular cocktail parties in the 70's and just about everyone got wasted. During prohibition, everyone was getting wasted. During the turn of the century, there was the big GIN epidemic where people were drinking themselves into insanity. Nothing has changed except you have all grown up.

Alcohol is also for the most part "socially accepted" and legal. If alcohol was illegal and marijuana legal, you'd solve a lot of problems:

1. pot doesn't make people violent - alcohol abuse results in spousal abuse, bar room brawls, fights at parties that nowadays can turn into people shooting each other...young people!
2. pot isn't physically addictive - alcohol is massively addictive and I don't even know the exact figures on how many alcoholics there are in the world both active and sober...but the numbers are staggering
3. you can drink too much and die of alcohol poisoning - you can't overdose from smoking pot because you'd fall asleep way before you could come even close to consuming one has EVER died of a marijuana overdose
4. etc...

But, we all know that making alcohol illegal won't work, because it was tried once didn't work. plus alcohol is BIG BUSINESS! And of course they market it to kids on TV...just like the cigarette companies constantly get caught trying to market cigarettes to kids (i.e. Joe Camel). Kids are the next generation of drinkers. The alcohol companies could care less about how many alcoholics there are in the world. Neither does your government!

Unfortunately, it's there and it will never go away! But don't kid yourself that it's worse today. It's always been bad. The only thing I have a problem with is this new thing where they breath the alcohol vapors and get drunk without actually drinking the alcohol. That's messed up!

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