More half-thoughts on Binge Drinking

Posted by on Nov 10, 2008 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments


Lots of noise again in the UK media today re proposals by Commons Home Select Committee to persuade the UK government to outlaw cheap booze in order to reduce Binge Drinking

Some rough international comparisons here which point (inexorably) to the conclusion we highlighted earlier in the summer that binge-drinking is a socio-cultural issue. And yes, copying lies at the heart of it…

Paul Ormerod's study for the AA on the matter might be worth a revisit, methinks, for policy makers and their pals. Or maybe, just reading around the subject might help

Strong whiff of "something-must-be-done" politics though, isn't there?

[Of course, it's nice to know that the police who are behind the report are ignoring social explanations and preferring and old school economic analysis. Bless! Hope Obama has better advisers than this…BTW who was that shouty woman on the Today programme this morning?]


  1. Bruce Lewin
    November 10, 2008

    Hi Mark, nice to meet up via Johnnie's a few weeks back…

    Interesting piece, but isn't everyone on the Today programme a bit shouty? I find it tends to wake the neighbours in the morning and only a dose of Thought for the Day calms the otherwise inevitable volley of ASBOs I'd receive for listening to it!

  2. Mark
    November 10, 2008

    Likewise, Bruce.

    Worry if it's good for us…

  3. Tom
    November 12, 2008

    You're absolutely on the money with this issue. All the consultant-monkeys advising the UK government on this issue (and similar issues, such as stabbing) are arse-backwards in their thinking.

    Why aren't you consulting with the Govt on this sort of stuff?

  4. Tom Dixon
    December 5, 2009

    With reference to your observations you may find the following image interesting: