Just guidelines?

When the Governments chief puritan revised the drinking “guidelines” downwards ignoring the J-shaped mortality curve, and declared there was “no safe level of drinking” – I and many others said this would be used to justify more action being taken against drinkers. In response many people replied that they were just guidelines, and besides they didn’t drink that much so where was the problem?

Well hardly had the ink dried on those new guidelines than already the “experts” are retroactively applying them and calling for more action.
“Around 2.5 million people in Great Britain – 9% of drinkers – consume more than the new weekly recommended limit for alcohol in a single day, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

The 2014 data predates the new limit of 14 units of alcohol per week for men which began in January.”
(Emphasis mine)

So what is to be done about the fact that people didn’t abide by “guidelines” that didn’t exist at the time? As yet we’ve not been told but we can take some guesses as:
“Public Health England said it was looking at the best ways to help tackle problem drinking.”
That would be the problem which didn’t exist at the time the figures were collected, but were rather magicked out of thin air in January. I’ll predict the solution will be to give the puritans more funding and to increase taxes/prices and maybe we need more graphic labels and plain packaging as well? Maybe it’s about time our leaders followed their own advice?

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