Thursday 8 September 2011

Fake charity Alcohol Concern passes blame yet again

 Reposted from Down with that sort of thing

Spotted in the tax avoided Grauniad!

The more off-licences a town boasts, the greater the number of under-age drinkers who are likely to end up in hospital as a result of harmful drinking, according to new research.

A study commissioned by the lobby group and taxpayer funded ban the booze wallahs Alcohol Concern suggests that for every two off-licences per 100,000 population, one under-18 year-old was admitted to hospital for alcohol poisoning or intoxication between 2006 and 2009.
Ok a biased report by a Taliban ban the booze fake charity funed by the state, run by puritans who want booze banned. Gosh then it has to be all right?...Never mind the harsh penalties that the law will impose on sellers of booze to unage folk which involve large fines and the possibility of jail and removal of their license.
The numbers could be higher, say researchers from the University of the West of England, because the cause of a teenage drinker's hospital admission is not always clear. The research also excludes young people who are admitted as a result of an injury – whether a fight, a fall or a car accident – which is drink-related.

Alcohol Concern argues that off-licences have proliferated too widely and rapidly as people have taken to drinking cheaply at home rather in the pub, where prices are higher and consumption tends to be lower.
So after bashing pubs as evil for years, now its the off trade who are in their evil sights.Don't let this fool you, even if no young folk ever managed to get a sip of the demon drink past their lips till the age of 18, Don Shenker and his joyless bunch will still call for tighter and tighter controls they want a total ban on all drinking.
Teenagers under the age of 18 who can't bluff their way into buying it directly obtain alcohol either from their parents who have it at home or resort to "shoulder tapping" – asking friends, relatives or even strangers to buy it from them at an off-licence.

"It is a sobering thought that the numbers of off-licences in any one area has an impact on under-18s drinking and ending up in hospital," said Don Shenker, chief undpant sniffing executive of fake charity funded by the taxpayer Alcohol Concern. "It is a failing of the current system that so many licences are being granted without due consideration to young people's health."
Lets not forget that hospital figures and the way they are collected changed to ask about alcohol use on admisson a few years back, suddenly the alcohol admission figures soared strange that?
Alcohol-related hospital admissions of under-18s rose by 32% between 2002 and 2007(see above). More than 19,000 children and young people under 18 were admitted to hospital with alcohol-specific conditions in England, excluding London, between 2006 and 2009.

The study finds a relationship between the density of off-licences and under-18 alcohol-related hospital admissions across England excluding London, where there was no statistical link.
So no link in London, yet we are supposed to buy the report by a quasi qango of underpant sniffing puranical anti booze zealots?
"This anomaly is likely to be because young people in London consistently consume less alcohol than the average in England and with a lower frequency," writes Dr Nikki Coghill, senior research fellow at the University of West of England, author of the report. It is suggested this could be a result of the particular ethnic mix.

Her study draws on data for about 73% of England – the 214 out of 293 areas where the licensing and health authority boundaries match. But, says Dr Coghill, "this is a figure sufficiently robust to draw strong conclusions." It assumes a consistent average of young people per 100,000 population across England and is not adjusted for areas where there may be fewer or more.

The average off-licence density in England is almost 63 per 100,000 population, which drops to a low of nearly 27 in the Malvern Hills and reaches a high of more than 135 in Salford. In the two years between 2006-7 and 2008-9, Malvern Hills had 82 alcohol-specific admissions among under-18s, while Salford had 117. The average for England was 79.

"In general, as the density of off-licences in an area increases, so do alcohol specific [hospital] admissions," says the study.
What here comes the ban it bit, you know with these fuckers there is always a ban. Make up some dubious stats and then call for a ban.
Cue the ban call from Don Shenker is calling for local authorities to have more powers to block off-licences from setting up. "Local licensing committees are currently operating with one arm tied behind their backs. Current licensing legislation does not give licensing committees enough power to restrict the high density of licensed premises," he said. "A new health objective should be included in the Licensing Act to enable local authorities to refuse new licences in order to reduce alcohol-related harm and protect young people.
The next step will be to make booze illegal, go on Shenker say it, we all know its what you want.
"We also need more research to understand the relationship between off-licence density and alcohol harms, and better collection of alcohol harm data to feed into licensing decision-making."

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK and special advisor on alcohol to the Royal College of Physicians, said: "This research further underlines the need for a comprehensive alcohol strategy from the government, which tackles the affordability, promotion and the availability of alcohol."
That would be the same Sir Ian Gilmore who like Shenker thinks anyone who disagrees with him is wrong and needs him to advise, nanny and run their lives.

High time the forehead of doom Cameron slashed Alcohol Concerns funding and sent them their P45's.

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