The Youth Non-Drinking EpidemicMore news today on this ‘binge-drinking epidemic’ amongst young people that we keep hearing about.
The study says the proportion of teenagers and young adults drinking on five or more days a week has more than halved since 2005. Binge drinking – which is defined as more than eight units for men and six units for women – has gone down by nearly a third to 18% among this age group over the same period.
Perhaps this might, erm, educate the drones at the National Union of Students into not unfairly painting their peers as a collection of violent, shit-faced, destructive savages by calling for urgent measures to whack up the price of drinks and even ban alcohol in student bars.
Nah, probably not. Because the ‘binge-drinking epidemic’ is just one of those moral panics that refuses to go away despite a decade of facts showing that it’s bunkum. It’s interesting too, that this dramatic decline is continuing at the same time as alcohol duty is being cut, booze is still advertised at sports events, in cinemas, at concerts and on the TV, and minimum alcohol pricing is still considered an entirely unwarranted proposal.
In fact, the only factor that this institutional decline can be attributed to is education, seeing as kids are harangued – on the national curriculum – from kindergarten to university about the evils of alcohol these days. Yet ‘public health’ still routinely insists that education is a poor driver of change and that we need armies of their kind to lobby for legislation with our taxes as well, or else we’ll all soon be heading to Armageddon in a drug-infused tumbril.
But then, I suppose if teachers are doing all the work, there’s not much scope for lobbyists, anti-business proselytisers, junk science researchers, global summits and the huge salaries and expense accounts that come with them, eh?