The number of alcohol-related hospital admissions has increased by almost a third in just two years as 24-hour drinking laws and the greater availability of cheap alcohol lead to increased consumption.
So people are doing as they wish, perhaps to their own detriment.
Based on data from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, these admissions cost the NHS almost £90,000 a day – or more than £32 million a year.
Given that revenues from booze duty are in the billions of pounds a year, people are paying for the external effects of their actions.
The problem is what? Free people are, after all, free to decide how they want to kill themselves, are they not?