Monday, January 30, 2012

alcohol deaths on the rise

Or not. The number deaths in the UK linked to drinking rose in 2010 according to official figures. After a modest fall in 2009 there was a slight rise (126) in 2010. According to the BBC the long term trends are relatively stable. There are roughly 8 alcohol related deaths per 100,000 women (0.008% of the female population) and 18 per 100,000 men (0.018% of the male population) each year in the UK. With the amount of negative hype about alcohol you'd be forgiven for being amazed at how small those numbers are.

But that doesn't stop our favourite fakecharity's new chief exec, Eric Appleby, wading in with prohibitionist nonsense.
"Yet again, the figures for alcohol-related deaths show that the alcohol policies in place in England and Wales are just not having an impact in reducing alcohol harm.

In the new Alcohol Strategy, the government must ensure that services are always available for the early identification and support of problem drinkers. They must also take notice of the evidence and bring in minimum alcohol pricing as soon as possible."
Eric if over 99.8% of the population is NOT dying through alcohol abuse do we really need minimum pricing to reduce alcohol harm? I'd suggest that, with such a high success rate, the alcohol policies we already have in place are working perfectly well.

What we need, Eric, is for busybody, nannying cunts, to find proper jobs so they don't have time to push their temperance bullshit in the media.


James Higham said...

Wondered when the prohibition thing would follow kids binge drinking.

tinks said...

I get sick and tired of NHS-Nazi, Fake Charity and duplicitous politicians, aided and abetted by the useless media, misleading an ignorant (gullible) public.

The usual trick taking a tiny number and apportioning a percentage to push a particular perception/agenda. The generalisation of using any alcohol consumption as the main factor in health/accident issues to distort and bump up figures, another way to mislead.

I'm glad there are people out there reporting the facts.

Stonyground said...

Are we to assume that these rather miniscule alcohol death figures due to the vast majority of people only drinking within the government's guidlines then? Surely that is the only plausible explanation for the numbers being so small, the only other possible explanation would be that the government's guidlines are just some shit that somebody made up and that can't be right.

Stonyground said...

While we are on the subject of fake charities funded by our nannying state, how about a computer games advice charity?