Post by Geopelia
We shouldn't be selling booze to women, if TV yesterday is right.
Apparently even moderate drinking may cause them cancer.
But imagine the uproar if anyone tried to bring in such a law!
Another case of statistics flung around like confetti. Increases the
risk... by X% has an informative value of 3 fifths of 5 eighths of sweet
fuck all when the original risk isn't stated. Even less useful when it
is in isolation, in this case no mention of any positive effects of
alcohol that can be statistically measured. And then there are the
immeasurables, such as its function as a component of pleasurable dining
and socialising, without which greater length of life may be of limited
value to an individual. It is also used for relaxing in stressful
times, also as a nightcap to assist getting to sleep when a person has
physical or emotional discomfort and may or may not be of value compared
with pharmaceuticals depending on whether this alcohol intake is use or
Paul Thomas wrote in Saturday Jun 21, 2008's NZ Herald:
"...It sometimes seems as if the technique of inflating the threat to
encompass virtually everyone who isn't an abstainer has become the
blueprint for all health and safety campaigns.
Last year the British Government launched a campaign to shame
middle-class wine drinkers into cleaning up their acts, an initiative
eagerly parroted by the mouthpieces of our very own Nanny state.
The fact that the drinkers in question are law-abiding taxpayers
exercising their legal right in the privacy of their own homes doesn't
seem to enter into it.
Now Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council has
reportedly redrafted its guidelines on safe drinking to classify more
than three glasses of wine a night as binge drinking.
There are a couple of obvious problems here. The first is it's so far
removed from what sensible people know to be the case that they simply
won't pay any attention. Secondly, it renders a useful term meaningless
and therefore makes it harder to alert the public to what may well be a
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