Sunday 11 December 2016

Booze-hating prohibitionists need to give up the boos

Alcohol policy in Ireland is now being driven by moral blackmail and prissy social superiority rather than facts

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 13/12/2015 | 02:30

Minister Leo Varadkar
Minister Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar says the evidence about Ireland's drinking habits is "shocking". Which evidence would this be, Minister?

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The evidence that alcohol consumption in Ireland has fallen by 25pc from its peak and that we're not that different to the rest of the world, no matter how much we enjoy beating ourselves up about our supposed depravity?

Unimpressed with these inconvenient facts, the anti-booze brigade has rustled up more melodramatic figures of their own to justify an abolitionist crackdown on drinkers. It's those alarmist statistics which the Minister for Health is using to fast-track the Government's new Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, unveiled last week.

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