Well Don has been a busy chap putting his 2p worth on this rubbish in the Telegraph that shows we are all drinking far to much, despite the fact that we are drinking less and paying more than ever in duties for out tipple.
Naturally the fact that units are made up, which I have detailed below, but first over to taxpayer funded fake charity shit spouter Don...
Don Shenker, chief executive of quango Alcohol Concern, said: “If we underestimate our drinking levels, then we’re underestimating the amount of harm we can expect to happen to our families, communities and wider society – as well as how much further we need to go to curb our excessive consumption.
“Poor survey intelligence can result in misinformed policy.
Don do take a nice cup of shut the fuck up, reports are based on guesswork and when based on meaningless units the whole report becomes meaningless, do you see?
“Any future government must get to grips with measuring the true scale and nature of this problem if it is to make a difference to reduce alcohol harms.”
No Don, any future government must get to grips with cutting taxpayer funded non jobs out from the taxpayers wallets, without tax money your fake charity would dry up and blow away like the bloated dog turd it is.
A spokesman for the Department of Health said: "We welcome Alcohol Concern's report as many people do not realise how much alcohol they drink and they may understate their drinking on self-reported surveys.
"That's why the Government also uses data on alcohol sales to measure the true level of alcohol consumption, which informs our policies.”
That would be the same Department of Health, who put our money into Don's quango, are right you are so conflict of interest there then... Now onto the graphs.
The graph below shows the percentage of men and women drinking more than their 21/14 unit weekly 'limit.
Clearly it shows people are drinking less, a fact borne out by falling alcohol sales in the industry.
Of course the neo-prohibitionists don't like this so they reinvented the 'unit' of alcohol
Since 2007, the Office of National Statistics has assumed larger glasses are being used and stronger alcohol is being consumed. They now assume that a glass of wine contains 2 units, rather than 1, as it did before. With beer, what used be counted as 1 unit is now counted as 1.5, what used to be 1.5 units is now assumed to be 2 units and what used to be 2.3 units (a large can) is now counted as 3 units.
The term 'unit' was made up anyway.(see sidebar)
So according to the revised data, people are drinking more and of course this is the type of misinformation that the fake charities thrive on - they are dependent on their funding from the Government. They have to keep up the scare stories in order to have the Government continue funding them.
Hat tip to Brew Wales.