BBC: Binge drinking costing billions
Britain's binge drinking culture is costing the country £20 billion a year, according to a government report.
Oh, crap, here we go: they've persecuted the poor old smokers into hiding, so now they're going to turn their guns on the drinkers. Hey, I've got a great New-Labour-type solution to the problem: rather than harmonise our taxes with Europe (like we're supposed to, if you remember, so we can adopt the euro), why don't we put a ridiculously high tax on alcohol? Oh, hang on…
How long before the first passive drinking stories, do you reckon? And then, no doubt, they'll try to ban the consumption of alcohol in pubs.