YesDecember 2, 2014 Tim WorstallBooze17 CommentsDo you know how much alcohol you are drinking? As much as I enjoy drinking. Next question? previousWhat? This Starbucks tax thing again?nextHow to solve that UVA rape case 17 thoughts on “Yes” bilbaoboy December 2, 2014 at 8:42 am Perfect answer, Tim and in line with mine (that’s why it’s perfect, of course). So, if I have got this right: somebody or a group of somebodies (or maybe nobodies) are going to organise me and manipulate me (by taking even more of my money) so that I no longer decide when and how much I am going to drink basing their decision on faux science and dodgy statistics and prudish, paternalistic prejudice. ‘Cojonudo’ as they say round here. This will have no effect on out-of-control alkies (nut then it is not designed to, is it? I am, of course an under-control enjoyer of quality wine and the occasional beer. I also enjoy sport, sex and travel, being with friends and that keeps me in shape. I am over 18 (by a bloody long way, unfortunately). Have these people nothing serious to contribute to the world? And this in the Telegraph which is now no more than a poorly (no, ugly) designed copy of the Guardian and with almost no journalists on board. Rant over. Back to work. Somebody has to create value so that the politicians can tax it. Bernie G. December 2, 2014 at 10:00 am Best not to count: it sort of takes the fun out of drinking. Interested December 2, 2014 at 10:06 am I clicked through, got as far as ‘As MPs say…’ and clicked back. Wankers. Fuck the Telegraph. Squander Two December 2, 2014 at 10:52 am None. I’m at work. It’s all very sad. dearieme December 2, 2014 at 11:12 am The official government advice on drinking uses figures plucked out of thin air, as one of the pluckers has since confessed. Bernie G. December 2, 2014 at 11:15 am Bow to the inevitable, in that Europe’s general opinion of us one thousand years ago was: ‘The English are a recognisable group who are rich, open-handed, convivial and rather vulgar – drinkers, gluttons and profligate wasters of all temporal goods.’ Bloke in Japan December 2, 2014 at 11:41 am Plenty. Unlike much of Asia, Japan has a drinking culture, and wine and spirits are relatively cheap. This afternoon I chanced upon a family tree prepared by my father. The earliest entry is John BiJ, Vintner, died Nutfield Surrey 1439. I come from a long line of livers. Andrew M December 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm BiJ, Japan has a drinking culture, and very high life expectancy. That’s evidence enough for me. DocBud December 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm My wife always has the answer to hand when we drink together. After 34 years I’m surprised she still bothers, but she seems to labour under the delusion that one day I’ll say: “you know, I really should cut down on my drinking.” bloke (not) in spain December 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm Surely, isn’t it “One more than I enjoy drinking”? Just to be sure. PF December 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm I thought it was quite funny. “The middle class professional is coming home of an evening and pouring themselves a glass of wine with dinner, and then possibly another after that” “glasses are getting bigger and it is actually quite serious. It sounds silly but it means you can suddenly be drinking two units instead of one.” “you also wouldn’t sit down and eat six doughnuts either – but you tend to pour yourself a large measure of wine not a small glass.” Ian B December 2, 2014 at 3:10 pm Another example of the Puritan policy of “there is no acceptable degree of [whatever bad thing]”. MC December 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm I find it extremely annoying that the Telegraph refuses to allow comments on articles it knows are egregious bullshit. I only needed space for two words… Bloke in Costa Rica December 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm Why wouldn’t you sit down and eat six doughnuts, if six doughnuts were to hand and you had a yen to eat six doughnuts? And what possible business is it of this utter, utter cunt? As it happens, I did know how much I was drinking. It was a lot. In fact it was too much. So I stopped doing it. Matthew L December 2, 2014 at 5:13 pm http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/12/ability-consume-alcohol-may-have-shaped-primate-evolution bloke (not) in spain December 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm “Why wouldn’t you sit down and eat six doughnuts?” Coz Sainsbury’s only do them in bags of 5 So it’s 5 or 10 Not bad, either. Raspberry jam. Best nuked for 10 secs. Almost makes shopping tolerable. dearieme December 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm Can I just remind you that my cardiologist told me to drink more. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.