Do 'We' have a problem with booze?
Minimum unit pricing is now on the cards to tackle what is undeniably a serious drain on precious resources.
"But I don't have a problem" I hear you cry "Why should I suffer for those who drink to excess".
There, I am in full agreement with you. Minimum unit pricing is using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. It directly targets the less well off in society and exposes the bourgeois fallacy that problem drinking is predominately a 'poor people' issue.
Facing up to reality
People like to get high, that's the long and short of it. From bustling metropolises to remote jungle villages, people the world over partake of intoxicants. The question is always one of time, place, person, quantity, circumstance, intention, and behavior.
By reminding drinkers and non-drinkers alike that “drugs” and “drug use” are familiar rather than exotic, and potentially dangerous rather than inherently evil, it would somewhat soften the negative emotional valence now attached to drug use.
Thinking outside the wine box
Only by allowing adults the freedom to choose a less harmful high will we begin to loosen the stranglehold booze has on our society and our economy.