How many units in a magnum ?
Posted by Big John on May 20, 2008
I see that the government is pissing another £10 million up the wall in an attempt to get us all to drink less alcohol.
Dawn Primarolo, the Public Health Minister, said: “Glass sizes have grown larger and the strength of many wines and beers has increased, so it’s no wonder some of us have lost track of our alcohol consumption.” … and I’ve lost track of how many millions have been wasted by this bloody ‘nanny state’ on all the other gimmicks to ‘educate’ those of us who enjoy a drink or three.
One of my best friends drank himself to death at the age of forty, so I do know how serious an adiction to booze can be, and it is obvious to anyone who dares to venture into our town centres on a Friday and Saturday night what a devastating effect this same government’s ’round the clock’ drinking laws can have on many young people.
I doubt if yet another campaign stressing how many ‘units’ are contained in a glass will be noticed by the hard case drinker or prevent the ‘ladette’ from throwing up in the gutter, and it will do nothing to stop that glass being refilled a few times by the average person enjoying a night out at the pub or a relaxing evening at home.
The £10 million would be far better spent if it were donated to Alcoholics Anonymous or some other organisation or medical facility dedicated to helping those whose lives have in some way been affected by alcohol; instead of it being ‘trousered’ by some smooth advertising man as he sips his Veuve Clicquot, as the guest of some minister, at one of the nineteen unlicensed and subsidized bars and restaurants …
… within The Palace of Westminster.