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    dave jay
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    According to the Government 23% of men and 9% of women are binge drinkers and they want to raise the level of tax paid on alchol, to help us save ourselves.

    I don’t think that there is any way that the Government or anyone else can put a figure of 23% on the male population and that they are probably just making it up, in order to raise more cash to fund dastardly deeds. The same as they did with smoking.

    .. does anyone else have an opinion ?

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    cormack15
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    Yes, but I have such a bad hangover I’ve forgotten what it is.

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    FlatSeasonLover
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    Much rather see further taxation on smoking and tobacco based products, but then again I would say that as i don’t smoke!

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    insomniac
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    It’s no business of a government if its citizens decided to get p**ssed (providing those citizens don’t cause any one else any hassle). This is just another excuse to raise revenue disguised as a "governmemnt initiative".<br>Ditto the clamour to impose "green" taxes. Can’t imagine too many politicians giving up their cars / subsidised air travel / booze. They (MPs that is) make me want to throw-up over them.

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    seabird
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    Define binge-drinking, I have the feeling the government’s definition is very different to mine.

    Colin

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    Irish Stamp
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    As Seabird say’s the governments definition of a binge drinker is probably someone who drinks more than 2 pints in one session.

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    tooting
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    I think I read the definition as being 9 or more units in a session.

    #103696
    dave jay
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    I suppose the government are saying that if you consume 9 units of booze in any one sitting, then your a binge drinker ?

    .. I have to admit, I am a binge drinker and require taxing !

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    stevedvg
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    According to the Government 23% of men and 9% of women are binge drinkers

    I’m surprised it’s so low.

    (maybe because I live in Scotland)

    I think that drunkenness is very damaging for society as a whole. It’s a major factor in violent crime for a start.

    Smoking is heavily taxed on the basis that it affects non-smokers.

    So, by the same logic, alcohol is fair game for heavy tax, too.

    So, for me, it’s a question of whether I agree with the heavy tax on smoking …. to which I’d reply, "as a non-smoker, fuk them!"

    Steve

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    Irish Stamp
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    It’s only that low as they interviewed just the Over 18’s.

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    dave jay
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    Smoking is heavily taxed on the basis that it affects non-smokers.<br>stevedvg Posted on 8:39 am on Oct. 31, 2006

    <br>.. come off it! It’s taxed heavily because it can be. The only people the government are interested in is themselves. Raising taxes gives them more money and therefore more power and resources to control. Your line of arguement should mean that things that are good for you should be free .. like education, fruit and veg.

    Who would have thought 15 years ago that you would be paying £40/week council tax ?

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    insomniac
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    Some of us drink to forget our council tax!

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    Tank
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    Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.
    Othello: Act 2, Scene 3

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    % MAN
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    I realise it’s not scientific but based on my experience working on the ambulances I’m surprised at the differential between men and women in these figures, I would actually have thought the figure for women would be higher than for men.

    Although it’s maybe friends and others are more concerned about female binge drinkers which means we get more calls to them.

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    homersimpson
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    Before my sabbatical when we entered lockdown I suppose I could have been classed as a binge drinker. Nothing Monday to Friday. Usually 5-7 drinks on a Saturday, 4-5 on a Sunday. Therefore the weekly recommended limit of drinking done in two days.

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