‘Nanny states, taking away my only pleasure, being a killjoy, boring, unsocial, interfering busy bodies’ Not forgetting the latest phrase to annoy anyone whose drinking habits are being questioned:
The ‘Health Police’.
During my alcoholic years It was known for me to become very agitated by news stories, TV programmes and so called ‘experts’ suggesting that I was drinking ‘too much’ . How would they know? And who was it exactly that decided how much was ‘too much’ even the existing guidelines were being called a ‘best guess’
Current advice is to drink responsibly, a feat that is apparently somehow possible with alcohol but not with other mind altering drugs. It can’t be possible because the other mind altering drugs are illegal and are alleged to kill people. The fact that they bring in nothing in the way of revenue to the government is no doubt irrelevant, despite the fact that the deaths caused by illegal drug taking are recorded as being in the hundreds. Deaths from alcohol use are said to be in the tens of thousands.
Personally I am a firm believer in free-will and personal responsibility and if people want to drink alcohol within the rules as defined by law, then they should be able to, without question. It is none of my business.
The ‘health police’ appear to be taking a different line. There is the nonsense of price increases, banning drinking here, there and everywhere, and labels that nobody will read and more and more printed warnings that are largely ignored.
But the insistence that it is possible to absolutely definitely, without exception to be mentally in control of a powerful , psycho active, mind altering drug that has a direct influence on our thinking and decision making, is in my view, delusional.
All the time that alcohol is available, there will be unwelcome consequences, some intentional and some as a result of falling for the illusion that the uncontrollable can actually be controlled. If alcohol were to be invented today it would almost certainly be made illegal because of its mind changing potential and the physical damage caused by ingesting it.
The ‘health police’ seem to be sending a mixed message. Drugs are ‘bad’ except alcohol, because it can be used in moderation and if it can’t then it’s the fault of the person drinking it.
Pot, kettle, black?