Over one million Scots are drinking at "potentially harmful levels", according to Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (Shaap) which reckons the real figure could be even higher. Shaap based its calculations on a 2003 survey which found that "63 per cent of male drinkers said they had consumed more than four units on …
As a race we've been drinking too much for centuries. We'll continue to drink to much, mostly coz it's fun. We also smoke too much, have the most appalling diet and excercise way too little. We're also aware that we're not immortal and that we've all got to die of something. So, please leave us alone to enjoy our booze, fags and deep-fried pizza - we're happy.
So more than 4 units is excessive and harmful? An average unit of alcohol for wine is 1.6, so two small glasses is your limit, drink half a bottle and you are going to die from your exessive drinking.
Why is the government allowing 75cl bottles of wine to be sold, they have 9.6 units of alcohol in them! They should ban them immediately.
Heaviest drinking day.. 4 units.. that's about 2 pints of lager if I'm not mistaken.
When I have been out and about I'm more likely to consume the equivalent of about 10 pints on my hardcore drinking days... I am scottish..
Is the Paris angle the fact that all the ladies looks like her after heavy consumption?
Cart me off to Betty ford then. I'm getting rather tired of research which definitively proves that if you've had a wine-gum in the last month you're a raving alcho and cirrhosis is imminent.
I've been informed that 3 pints is binge drinking, when I was a lad 3 pints was a business lunch. While attempts to improve the /health of the nation/ are laudable perhaps a concentration on working hours and stress levels might be more appropriate. not many stressed French people out there with their 35hr weeks!
>Shaap based its calculations on a 2003 survey which found that
>"63 per cent of male drinkers said they had consumed more than
>four units on their heaviest drinking day of the previous week",
>while "57 per cent of women drank more than three units on their
>heaviest drinking day of the previous week".
So, more than 1 pint on any night = drinking too much?
You're on the right track, but you don't go quite far enough. Obviously limiting wine to half-bottles makes sense froma safety perspective, but then the determined unhealthy-levels-drinker might be tempted to buy more than one half-bot in order to pursue his self-destructive ways.
So clearly we need legislation that (a) limits wine sales to "safe" quantities (half-bottles) and (b) makes it illegal to buy more than, oh, two half-bottles in a single transaction.
It is, after all, vitally important that the State protects its charges (the people) from themselves. Who knows what they might get up to otherwise?
"French researchers found that middle-aged men who had had one heart attack and who drank two or more glasses of wine regularly were 50% less likely than non-drinkers to have a second attack."
"Nowadays, a standard glass of wine is served in a 175ml glass and is often up to 13% ABV, which adds up to 2.3 units."
So, to reduce your risk of a second heart attack, take 4.6 units of red wine per day. (32.2 units per week)
If this is true then why is it that (according to www.drinkaware.co.uk) "The UK Government advises that men should not regularly drink more than three to four units a day and women not more than two to three."
Is it just that nobody really knows?
A quite important difference between smokes and drinks are that the guy besides me doesn't get drunk because I drink - unless it is a drinking match, in which case we will break the 4 unit limit in a matter of minutes.
I don't get why the government is fussing so much about it. If they think it is a problem - just increase taxes on alcohol! How hard can it be? Oh, they don't want to suffer the wrath of their electors, you say? Then they should go have a pub lunch to gather the courage!
Another Coopers, please. ;)
If a lot of alcohol is bad for you (4 units a day and you're going to die) then it logically follows that alcohol in general at any level is bad for you. So, if we want to protect people from alcohol we must ban it immediately and completely. Same with obese people, we must ban food at once. And cigarettes, the only reason we didn't ban that was because we make a lot of money off it - err, sorry, it simply wasn't enforceable at this time.
My ancestors, teetotalers every one, left Scotland 300 years ago (chased out, but sobriety was only part of it).
Figuring about eight generations between John Paisley and me, I think I need to knock back about 32 units a day to restore the family honor.
Fill 'er up again, please.
Let me see, the weather's miserable for most of the year. 'Service' is something that bulls do to cows. People work themselves into a coma to buy ever-increasing amounts of tat and there are too many 'managers' with the management skill level of a galley drummer. 'Entertainment' for too many people consists of either endless servings of Eastenders-quality televised pablum, being jammed into a basement room ("club") with hundreds or strangers with questionable hygiene practices or sitting in a freezing, windswept stadium watching 22 'footballers' practice their mediocre skills.
The national mood is 'depressed', the national sport is skepticism and the national government is a clique of toon cooncillors who couldn't get work in the private sector.
So now, ""Alcohol policy offers another opportunity for the Scottish Government to show leadership once again, and we believe the Scottish people will fully support the government in their efforts."
Awae an' bile yer head, ya wee nyaff.
It's the middle class Scots I feel sorry for. The government says it's after the middle classes to get them to cut down their drinking. The middle class in Scotland must be as drunk as a bicycle.
This unit thing is rubbish. Other countries have different measures of a unit and the number of them it's 'safe' to drink. Nobody really knows. Anyway, if I don't eat chocolate and don't drink coke but I eat lots of broccoli and drink tea can I drink more alcohol? I don't suppose that argument works for Scots though, didn't another survey 'find out' that they eat bad food too.
Eat what you want, drink what you want. The fire brigade are always there to hoist you up for fifteen quid.
"As a race we've been drinking too much for centuries. We'll continue to drink to much, mostly coz it's fun."
and because it's pissin' wi' rain all the time, where else would we but but in the pub or at the fitba' and then the pub.
You know, I often wonder how the Human race ever survived countless centuries without these jokers. Them and lawyers.
the Japanese love their after work drink (it's compulsory) I remember one show I saw where one guy they stopped was the Managing director of a company apparently he'd finished off a large number of beers + several sakes
Another person when asked "arn't you scared you'll die of liver failure"
she replied "no I'm scared I'll die of stress"
That's a feeling I can relate too. Do gooders get fucked I'm going to get tanked.
[Rab C]: What a business, all because I take a wee drink, eh... Tell yae wan thing - see all this shoutin? It does not half give yae a helluva thirst.
[Pink Elephant]: [handing Rab a bottle of booze from off screen] That's the game, pal, you tell them. There's nuthin the matter wie a wee drink.
[Rab C.]: [pleased] Oh... Who the hell are you by the way?
[Pink Elephant]: Ah c'mon, Rab. Use your imagination
[the camera away cuts to the stranger who is revealed to be a pink elephant in a suit and cap]
[Pink Elephant]: I'm the heebie Jeebie Rab!
Scotland is part of a democracy, right ? And we all know that the Scottish love their pubs. So why is the government tearing into them like that ?
It's the government of the people, right ? And if THE PEOPLE want to drink themselves silly, well that is the popular choice.
Because if the government deems that it is irresponsible for it to leave the people to their time-honored pastime, then it should also wake up to the fact that it is irresponsible to waste so much of the same people's money in fruitless, overly complicated and unjustifiable IT projects such as, but not limited to, NHS, DNA database, biometric ID thingies, and so on and so forth.
I mean, if you're going to pretend to be responsible on one subject, well you pretty much have to go the whole way, don't you think ?
"Shaap believes a ban on supermarket cut-price drink promotions could help address the problem."
Utter shite, surely the UK already has some of the highest prices for alcohol in Europe. Raising alcohol prices would either make people more skint and more in need of a drink, or produce more smack-heids like in Norway where it more financial sense to shoot up than to drink up.
He concluded: "......we believe the Scottish people will fully support the government in their efforts."
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA aye richt!
Already does, I'm sure there was a similar report a bit back saying how the price of E's was so low some young hooligans were going out and getting all loved up rather than fighting and spewing in the street.
How will we maintain the reputation of being europe's pit bull without booze?
Human Thingys are strangely wired creatures and have a serious need to do something to aleviate the boredom of self awareness that amounts to trying to escape from self ... a sort of "stop the world I want to get off" or " stop the world I am really pissed off" . So we see that if it was not the "juice" it could be nail biting , violent scratching or maybe Commenting on the Register ( a manic bunch of Danglers if ever there was)