What is it with these idiots?
Even if we grant them their contention that cheap booze kills, that the poor should be deprived of their pleasures to suit the puritans, that booze prices must rise for the sake of the children. Even if we grant them all of that minimum pricing is illegal.
And not only that: what sort of idiot cunt would deliberately set up a system so that booze company profits rose instead of revenue to the Treasury doing so? Quite seriously, that’s the bit that is so damn mindboggling: why are the fools arguing for minimum prices and not duty rises?
MUCH debate about the problems of alcohol focuses on individual drinkers, in terms of both health and social impacts. Less attention is given to victims who are invisible to the public eye.
As the recent report from the children’s commissioner for England highlighted, young people and families all too often suffer the consequences of problem drinking, with some 2.5m children in the UK living with a hazardous drinker.
The Alcohol Health Alliance UK and other organisations with an interest in safeguarding children and families support the commissioner’s call for the government to take action. We support its commitment to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol and call for this to be set at 50p in the first instance. This policy will tackle head-on the problems caused by cheap drink, not only to drinkers but to those around them — the innocent victims of alcohol harm.
Minimum unit pricing will target the heaviest drinkers: those who cause the most damage to themselves and others. A child who lives with a problem drinker is vulnerable to neglect, violence and abuse, and a significant number of child protection cases are linked to alcohol. It is essential that the government stands firm in tackling problem drinking in order to turn the tide of alcohol harm.
While minimum unit pricing is not a silver bullet, there is good evidence to suggest it will make a real difference. Harmful alcohol consumption affects more than just the drinker. We must support measures to help protect the next generation.
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Alcohol Health Alliance and British Society of Gastroenterology; Dr Vivienne Nathanson, British Medical Association; Dr Clare Gerada, Royal College of General Practitioners; Dr Hilary Emery, National Children’s Bureau; Professor Lindsey Davies, Faculty of Public Health; Eric Appleby, Alcohol Concern; Katherine Brown, Institute of Alcohol Studies; Dr Kieran Moriarty, British Society of Gastroenterology; Professor Graham Foster, British Association of the Study of the Liver; Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England; Mike Farrar, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation; Professor Colin Drummond, Medical Council on Alcohol; Dr Fiona Wisniacki, College of Emergency Medicine; Alan Higgins, Director for Public Health on Alcohol, Greater Manchester; Julie Webster, Director for Public Health, Cheshire and Merseyside; Lord Victor Adebowale, Turning Point; Dr Peter Rice, Royal Society of Psychiatrists in Scotland; Paul Lincoln, National Heart Forum; Eric Carlin, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, Dr Jennifer R Lisle, Royal Society of Public Health, Dr Marsha Morgan, University College London, Professor John Strang, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, Andrew Langford, British Liver Trust, Hadas Altwarg, Drink Wise North West, Dr Evelyn Gillan, Alcohol Focus Scotland, Dr Arif Rajpura, Public Health on alcohol, North West, Martin Astbury, President, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
What are these idiots doing?