Minimum alcohol price would save 50,000 pensioners lives

Minimum alcohol price would save 50,000 pensioners lives

Sarah Wadd, Director of Substance Misuse and Ageing Research at the University of Bedfordshire, said to the BBC “We might be on a cusp of an epidemic of people drinking problematically in old age”.

The new research says that the deaths of 50,000 pensioners over the next 10 years alone, could be avoided if minimum alcohol pricing is rolled out in England.  The BBC Panorama programme commissioned the Sheffield University research who examined the likely outcomes if Scotland’s planned 50p per unit minimum price was applied in England.  There are an estimated 1.4m older people in Britain drinking too much, leading to more hospital admissions.

In England 2011, there were more admissions to hospital of over-65s for alcohol-related injuries and illnesses than in the 16-24-year-old category.

This is tragic.  Old people, marketed to for years with rubbish like “Alcohol is good for your heart” and “A nip every night is good for the soul”.  No, alcohol is carcinogenic and when taken regularly, on top of the current modern diet and lifestyle, it will pickle and then rot your liver.  Then you will die young.

Scotland will become the first place in the UK to introduce minimum drink pricing of 40p per unit of alcohol in an effort to turn the tide against binge drinking.

Guess who is opposing this? 

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is challenging this proposal through the European Commission and through the Scottish courts.  Now there is a surprise eh?  An alcohol company not wanting people to drink less, even if it is killing them…

As reported by the BBC on September 6, 2012. 

Posted: Friday 5 October 2012