“Cigs war won: Now cancer campaigners set their sights on beer.”
As Chris notes, “Well, guess what? Wowsers, health fanatics and puritans are not the drinker’s friend. Never have been, never will be. Those of us who enjoy pleasures that carry a measure of risk are on the same side. Always have been, always will be. The temperance lobby met with ASH in Scotland recently to swap notes, for God’s sake. How far down the slippery slope do you need to be before you realise you’re on your arse?”
As Dick notes, “I’ll keep saying it – we’re not talking of two issues here, there is only one. Those drinkers (and their associations) who were happy to let tobacco fall only hastened the onset of their own woes. Some of us did try to warn them, but there were just too many fingers in too many ears.”
My only original fact to add is the Royal College of Physician’s comment in 2008:
“The ‘passive effects’ of alcohol misuse are catastrophic – rape, sexual assault, domestic and other violence, drunk driving and street disorder – alcohol affects thousands more innocent victims than passive smoking.”
Then they came for the drinkers….