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Date published: 2008/01/22

The BBC says:

Men are drinking twice as much alcohol as women, figures for 2006 suggest.

Data from the Office for National Statistics suggest men drink an average of 18.7 units a week, compared with 9.0 units for women.
The figures also suggest that alcohol consumption is higher among the middle classes.
The figures - the first to use a new method of assessing intake - suggest that overall alcohol consumption may be in decline.

The researchers warn that it is not possible to make direct comparisons between data assessed under the old and new methods.

Surprise, men drink more than women, who would have thought it. And how dreadful, rich poeple drink more than poor people. And then the BBC gives the wonderful punch line "overall alcohol consumption may be in decline". So this is a complete non-story, then. Given the way the entire article is phrased, it seems likely that the quality of the underlying data is also suspect. For one thing, it is based on surveys, which can be skewed by inaccurate and dishonest reporting. Unfortunately, now that the academic middle class control freaks have successfully persecuted smokers, they have moved onto other targets for their control freakery: obese people and drinkers.

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