I do love, I do

Do as I do, think about cancer before you have a glass of wine, says chief medical officer
Dame Sally Davies urges the public to follow her example, and think about the risks of cancer before deciding whether a glass of wine is worth it

Like most 50ish males I’m odds on to get some form of cancer before I snuff it, even if it’s mild prostate and I snuff of something else.

A glass or two of wine helps to come to terms with the human condition.

22 thoughts on “I do love, I do”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    What the f**k is wrong with these people? All the evidence seems pretty good that moderate (and by that I mean pretty serious) levels of drinking are good for you.

    If she had any chops at her job she would be encouraging it.

    I will have to stand with Ecks – nothing short of a full scale purge. If only we owned Siberia.

  2. Imagine being trapped inside that head.

    What makes the “Anglo-Saxon” west produce large numbers of these people while France and the Med apparently do not?

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    I’ve also seen the inside of a state run old people’s home and an early death cause by drinking definitely has its merits, even if its cancer.

  4. Leave it out, sweetheart.

    The only thought that goes through your mind before you have a drink is; “Can I squeeze this onto expenses, or not? Chablis Grand Cru or the house white?”

  5. Everybody dies of something and I would quite like the approach of my screaming, agonising, expectorating, doubly incontinent and demented demise leavened with a nice glass of merlot. Is that too much to ask, Dame Sally? And more than one a day, if you please.

  6. It’s politics. These people hate and try to pretend that the j- curve exists (that shows alcohol consumption up to a couple of pints per day is better for your heart than abstinence). Christopher Snowdon is very very good on this. See http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.cz/

    Also heart disease kills way more than alcohol caused cancers.

  7. What makes the “Anglo-Saxon” west produce large numbers of these people while France and the Med apparently do not?

    Protestantism. Once you chuck away the priesthood (appointed by God via apostolic succession), you have to have morals controlled by a lay body of “best citizens” who tell everyone what to do on behalf of “the community”. Puritanism, Rabbinic Judaism, Islam, etc.

    We just traded the old men with beards for old women with beards.

  8. Sooner or later there will be a state-mandated age of death. Unless you are fortunate enough to have an accidental death, you will be compelled to undergo all the treatments imaginable to reach the compulsory death age. And euthanised if you show signs of living too long.

  9. Diogenes

    Unless, of course you are a Beckham or a Cameron.

    Sadly, Millers, as a tribe, have been told to fuck off and die by the cognoscenti …

  10. IanB

    Protestantism. Once you chuck away the priesthood (appointed by God via apostolic succession), you have to have morals controlled by a lay body of “best citizens” who tell everyone what to do on behalf of “the community”.

    Another one of your evidence-free high-level generalisations! Long ago, in Calvinistic societies, morals were controlled by lay bodies of elders. No-one pays much attention to elders or priests nowadays, and the degenerate Protestantism of the present day UK assures everyone that their individual conscience is equally authoritative. Moreover, Silly Sally is not making a moral but a prudential assertion about wine. She doubtless considers she’s acting morally in ‘caring’ about the welfare of others, but she’s not issuing a moral prohibition as the elders might in Calvin’s Geneva.

    In the UK at least, the behaviour of the health scare-mongers is mainly motivated by government’s desire to control NHS expenditure, and by the public health lobby’s own interests. A socialist healthcare system unsurprisingly entails nanny statism. Who’d have thunk it?

  11. I’m sure plenty of people think about cancer before they have a drink, they probably say “hey, if I get cancer then a bunch of other people will pay for my expensive medication and treatment, bottoms up!”

  12. I’ve thought about the risks now. I still will have a glass of wine if I am in the mood for it. If that doesn’t satisfy Dame Sally then bring me more wine.

  13. We do have the Sandwich Islands.

    Not since the Yanks nicked them. And they’re nice.

    The _South_ Sandwich Islands on the other hand, I suspect we could persuade the Kelpers to lease back to us?

  14. So Much For Subtlety

    Richard – “We do have the Sandwich Islands.”

    We could exile them all! Actually it wouldn’t work. They would go around forbidding each other to eat coconuts because of the high fat content and the fish because of the possibility of mercury and so they would all be dead in a week.

    Well, we may have to re-define “work”.

  15. I presume she is one of Booker’s long list of over-promoted females screwing up the public sector? Common Purpose in there somewhere??

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