The puritanical health lobby were polluting the airwaves again this morning. There was I merrily driving down to the brewery listening to radio four, when at just before seven Professor Henry Brubaker of the Institute of Studies came on rail against booze again.
Actually it was really a woman whose name escapes me from the Institute of Alcohol Studies, Henry Brubaker the resident expert at the Daily Mash would have talked more sense. She was there to cheer on some new police power to hassle kids out drinking and rant on about how what was really needed was minimum pricing, because doctors support it. Hearing doctors have a go at boozing always gets my goat, as let’s face it they’re hardly an abstemious bunch themselves, and with the money they coin in minimum pricing isn’t going to affect their drinking. The woman insisted this was necessary to stop the ever increasing alcohol consumption.
The fact that alcohol consumption is actually falling, as Pete Brown has explained in great detail, obviously passed her by. But why let facts get in the way of a moral crusade?