Sir Ian Gilmore, the AHA’s chair, said action was especially urgent given that UK teenagers drink much more than the European average.
I don’t know whether that is true or not but let us assume that it is.
So, what are the actions that need to be taken then?
It wants ministers to set the planned minimum price for alcohol that David Cameron has decided should be introduced in England to be set at 50p a unit, higher than the coalition’s preferred option of 45p.
Hmm. Now call me picky if you like. But here’s a small thought.
Is the UK price of booze above or below the European average? Umm, well above the European average I think, no? So the link between teenage boozing and high prices is what?
Excellent, you now know more about logic and evidence than a knighted doctoring type.
Please do note: I am not claiming that lower prices reduce teenage drinking. Nor that higher prices will not reduce drinking of any or many types. I am poiting only to the hole in the logic and evidence we are being presented with here. To refer to teeange drinking across Europe is fine: so is to argue in favour of higher taxation (well, not if we catch you and hang you first of course). But to argue that a high tax country has high teenage drinking therefore taxes must rise does not work. We might even start to believe that you’re simply a killjoy puritan bluenosed wowser rather than someone with a reasonable relationship with evidence and logic. And that would never do, would it?