Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Environmental alcohol damage

In Europe, smokers are getting rather boring, as I expect they will be here soon too, now that public smoking bans are reaching near universal status. Not quite prepared to ban the outright sale of cigarettes and lose all that tax money, "concerned" Europeans are once again turning their radar on the drinkers and this time around they are emphasizing the effects of "Passive Drinking", the apparent equivalent to the harmful effects of 'second-hand smoke.' This report should really come as no surprise, as the health lobbyists are constantly seeking to control individual behaviour, and what better way to enact bans than by filling people's heads with lies and exagerrated truths. I must admit, it hadn't really occurred to me that the health lobby gangs would couch the "problem" in such terms, but then, we've been hearing for years about the harmful effects of obesity on "society". Let the healthy and happy race propagate under the tutelage of the state and their favoured minions!

From Spiked Online:

The campaigns to combat the effects of ‘passive smoking’ are widely credited for Europe’s growing number of smoking bans. Now alcohol is in the sights of the public health lobbyists, and they have invented the concept of ‘passive drinking’ as their killer argument.

I have seen a leaked draft report for the European Commission, which is due to be published some time in June. It makes claims about the high environmental or social toll of alcohol, the ‘harm done by someone else’s drinking’. The report is likely to inform proposals for a European Union alcohol strategy later this year.

Dr Peter Anderson, the report’s lead author, who has a background in the World Health Organisation (WHO) and plays a leading role in Tobacco Free Initiative Europe, tells me that the concept of social harm takes the alcohol debate beyond the traditional limits of individual choice and addiction. ‘You can make the argument that what an individual drinks is up to them, provided they understand what they are doing and bearing in mind that alcohol is a dependency-producing drug…. But when you talk about harm to others then that is a societal concern and justification for doing something about it. I think that is an important argument. If there was not harm to others then the argument gets a little less powerful’
HT: Radley Balko of the Agitator.

1 Comment:

Mitch said...

I await the foturnes that will be bestowed on me from bootlegging if this ever comes over to this side of the Atlantic. This is how Joe Kennedy Sr. made his money.

Bathtub mint julip anyone?