Action a habit worth forming
IT is hard to feel sympathy for people who cultivated bad habits involving drink, drugs and gambling during the boom years and who are now suffering withdrawal because they can no longer afford to feed those habits.
On the other hand, addiction counsellors have never been busier, coping with the numbers driven to distraction by hard times. People who have lost jobs, or who live in fear of losing their homes, are seeking solace, or "self-medicating", as the professionals call it.
The proprietors of head shops are only too happy to oblige, with their noxious products. For these are their boom years.