Monday, September 22, 2008

The wrong question. again.

The eloquent Rosemary Garth is on the radio, arguing that putting up duty on the booze is a bad idea. Needless to say, I agree. There is also some old codger from some anti-alcohol group saying we drink too much saying that, compared to 21 years ago, per capita consumption is up 1.5%! Is this right? It seems very small, no?

Once again, it is not what we drink, but HOW we drink that is the problem. Drinking too much all at once and then falling around the streets, getting sick, starting fights and ending up in A&E is a good night out for some idiots. Why is this seen as a good thing? This is the question that needs to be answered.

The question that most people want to answer is "How can we screw more money out of the average wine/beer drinker and camouflage it as a health measure?".

As usual in this country, not only are we coming up with the wrong answers, we are not even asking the right questions.

Even I am getting bored thinking about it.....

1 comment:

Will said...

One thing about Rosemary Garths argument.... I need to drive up north next time I am looking at purchasing some spirits. 25-30% is a good saving on a decent bottle of premium gin/rum/whiskey.

Unfortunatly I didn't catch the whole show but I don't think the debate will matter in the long run anyway...