posted on Aug, 2 2011 @ 12:35 PM
I understand that there is an issue with drink here in Britain. My favourite tipples are ale, and rum. However, there is a difference between a person
who drinks an awful lot, and a person who is addicted to alcohol. I , in my history , have drunk ridiculously, and yet am not in any way addicted. I
drink reasonably nowadays, although in my early youth (18-23) I was a bottomless pit.
The fact of the matter is, there are two kinds of people who are key to this. There are those who for reasons of a weakness of mind, or a weakness of
body chemistry, cannot stop drinking once they have drunk alcohol. They obtain serious diseases like liver and bowel cancer, heart disease ,
psychological disorders bought on by chemical imbalances caused by excess alcohol and a whole host of others, not to mention physical damage caused by
thier drunkeness. Some fall over, or walk in front of cars, or punch eachother even more senseless...
Then there are the other people in the situation. Folks like me, when they are going to drink, or get drunk, retain no matter WHAT state they get in,
thier sense of self preservation, dignity, and a sense of right and wrong. They do not stagger home drunk. Despite the alcohol in thier systems they
stroll, or march home without tripping , falling , causing a disturbance of the peace, or physical injury to themselves or anyone else. They do not
drink dangerous amounts, and respect thier bodies.
My angle on this is simple. If I decide to have a drink, I do not believe it is fair that because OTHER idiot, braindead twits spent thier child
support money on an eight pack of Stella and a bottle of vodka, beat thier kids, and stabbed eachother, that I should be penalised financialy, or
stigmatised socialy for having the very occasional drop.
People MUST take responsibility for themselves, and if they do not, it is essential that others are not forced to pick up the shattered remnants. It
is possible for a person to be unemployed through no fault of thier own. Government help in these circumstances is an absolute right, since often
these days, the government are the cause of companies going bust, and jobs being cut. But there is no way to become alcoholic , and expect someone
else , or a higher power to save your bacon. The government, the healthcare system... these things should be there for people who have , through no
fault of thier own, attained a difficulty over which they have no control, and cannot fix on thier own. But the choice to have another beer, is a
choice. It is a matter of free will.
I put it to the membership that any legislation which penalises those who buy and consume alcohol, is inappropriate, and will likely be ineffective.
The reason for this is that persons addicted to alcohol will merely put themselves in debt, to drink, or steal to drink, or mug, cheat lie and pretty
much anything else they can think of in order to drink. The answer is not to price people out, but to admit that there is nothing that can be done for
the generation which are already on that path, but to pump BILLIONS into educating people about the dangers of drink right from a young age. The
answer is to prevent cool advertising of ANY product which causes death by long term exposure. The hilarious fosters ads need to end. The fantastic
adverts with Jean Claude Van Damme for Coors light, need to end.
But tax increases, minimum pricing... these will not prevent people who are addicted swallowing increasing amounts of booze . Tagging persons known
to be alcoholic and having the police FORCE them to give up their booze ... well thats an idea but not democratic. Short of that, nothing CAN be
done. All the half way effective solutions automaticaly cost the taxpayer at least as much as alcoholism already costs.
And another thing, while we are on the subject. We complain bitterly in this country , about overcrowding (usually its the gormless knuckle swinging
xenophobes sitting round a bar table, getting drunk on thier childs school lunch money who do this). Hows this for an idea? You can now only buy a
drink if you sign a disclaimer which absolves the health service, and the government from all responsibility from any situation which was directly
caused by your alcoholism.That would mean that only persons who get ill because they drink , would be affected by thier behaviour ! That way, we also
get a bit of darwinian selection going, and save ourselves a packet into the bargain. The over crowding goes away, and everyone is happy ?
Harsh,but fairer than messing with people who know thier limitations and drink sensibly .