And?

Just 4 per cent of the population consume almost one-third of all the alcohol sold in England, new healthcare data has revealed.

Seriously, what in hell does this matter in the slightest?

100% of the ballet in the Kingdom is consumed by well under 4% of the population. We are worried about this, are we? What percentage of the population eats kumquats in any one year?

18 comments on “And?

  1. Presumably though it means that all the ‘On average middle class people consume x amount of alcohol (and thus they should be punished)” type wibble from the ghastly Public Health England (or whatever they are called) types is now proven to be as inaccurate as we all suspected it to be.

  2. A tiny fraction of the population reads 100% of the Guardian? Are we concerned? Well, only in the sense that even one is too many, but otherwise no.

  3. As Rod Liddle points out that same tiny fraction (he estimates around 200,000 people) drive every leftie protest, twitterstorm and on line petition. Good luck to them, it keeps them from doing anything actually stupid in their local government or ‘third sector” jobs. But the Muppets in downing street need to realize that it’s the same people claiming to be all the people. I am sure some big data analysis could run some interesting but confidential meta data on which IP addresses provide most of the angry leftie traffic just to demonstrate the point.

  4. That 4% is alkie cider guzzlers, not claret suppers. It’s not the spending on booze.

    Some quack at a cirrhosis clinic was quoted in the Telegraph saying his average cider fiend got through 150 units a week. These proposals would triple the cost of their habit.

    So obviously they’ll pack it in once the price goes up and Scotland will definitely not be hit by a crime wave.

  5. “A tiny fraction of the population reads 100% of the Guardian? Are we concerned? Well, only in the sense that even one is too many, but otherwise no.”

    We should be concerned because from my observation it’s the paper of choice for the civil service.

  6. So obviously they’ll pack it in once the price goes up and Scotland will definitely not be hit by a crime wave.

    … or that people will start going blind from poorly-made and poorly-distilled bathtub gin…..

  7. Further to last – Prediction: in 10 years, Scotland will have restrictions (bans, licencing, taxation or similar) on homebrewing or homebrewing equipment.

  8. I am doing my best but there are only so many hours in the day!

    This is a matter of deep social concern. Clearly the other 96% are not drinking enough. Again, if you are not drinking four standard drinks a day, you have room to improve your health outcomes. Pretty much everyone here probably should have at least one more drink. Every day.

  9. “How about the headline “96% of the population don’t have an alcohol problem”.?”

    That would be wrong. They’re drinking over two-thirds of the alcohol

  10. his average cider fiend got through 150 units a week

    Fair play that is an epic achievement. Are they also underestimating their consumption?

    21/22 units a day, strong cider that’s 6-7 pints daily. Mental.

  11. @ Rob
    I can drink 6-7 pints on a hot day – albeit most of that would be lemonade or the UK copy of Gatorade – so it’s quite feasible. OTOH the “average cider fiend” couldn’t hold down a job so he couldn’t afford that much cider.

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