Sunday, 17 January 2010

We're drinking how much?

Two graphs, and little comment. The first is the one the government generally use. The second is the more accurate reference point. Click on either to enlarge.




7 comments:

Dick Puddlecote said...

Note they have to link consumption with 'affordability'. This would be true with just about any supermarket product owing to the success of capitalism.

The same capitalism which lefties despise has noticeably made life easier for all of us. Hence more leisure time, relatively cheaper goods (yes, alcohol included) due to more efficient production.

The top graph would be the same if talking about bacon or chicken most probably.

It says nothing except we are consuming as consumers do when faced with certain stimuli.

Scrobs... said...

The biggest problem is that politicians' spads have learned how to make Excel say anything you like.

Then someone sent a geek on the Beeb on a course at Hammersmith Tech.

I blame Microsoft actually.

Letters From A Tory said...

Not surprised that wine and spirits are taking hold while beer consumption remains constant.

It's much harder to get drunk quickly on beer so people don't bother as much.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

So, in the course of a hundred years, our drinking has declined slightly, but with a deep trough in the middle while we were either in the process of or recovering from being at war.

And the problem is?

I know what the problem is. The problem is the lefty puritan preachers who just cannot find it in their minds to leave people alone to mind their own goddammed business, and I'm sick of it.

Did I say this before? Sorry.

English Pensioner said...

It's what I said years ago. Once the do-gooders got their own way with smoking, they would start on alcohol, which is why, even as a total non-smoker, I opposed the smoking ban.

Demetrius said...

The alcohol thing is not just about price, it is all a lot more complicated than that. Unless we recognise this and try to work out sensible means of putting in place alternatives the issue will not go away. The trouble is that they will not be popular and far from easy.

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