Following on from yesterday's news of a ramping up of the prohibitionist assault on booze, you might be interested - or, more likely, staggered - to read this document from an EU-funded anti-alcohol group, published in December (emphases mine).
Using the European Food Standards Authority guidance on exposure for human consumption of carcinogens in food and drink products, with a margin of exposure set at 1,000, no one should drink more than about 50 milligrams of alcohol a day, equivalent to 20g or two drinks a year.
Currently, Europeans drink about 27 grams a day, some 540 times the exposure level. Ignoring alcohol’s cancer causing role, and just considering other health outcomes, no one should drink more than about 0.3 grams of alcohol a day, equivalent to 9g or about one drink a month. Currently, Europeans drink about 90 times the exposure level.Now, please someone try to make an argument that these people are remotely rational human beings because it's not - I repeat, not - a parody.
This project - I'm sure you won't be surprised to find out - is heartily encouraged by the EU ... using your taxes.
The AMPHORA project has received funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement nº 223059 - Alcohol Measures for Public Health Research Alliance (AMPHORA).It also won't come as much of a shock that four of their 'collaborating institutions' are from the UK.
They go on to make some recommendations, notably these.
6. All alcohol beverage containers should carry consumer warnings that alcohol is a toxic substance, and in particular a carcinogen.So, a skull and cross bones on every bottle of wine, then (and plain packaging, no doubt).
7. Low risk guidelines for drinking alcohol are, in general, too generous for health safety and should, in general, be reviewed downwards.To 'one drink a month' or 'two drinks a year' presumably.
And there we all were thinking that the current guidelines of 8 cans of Stella per week (less for women) were ridiculously low!
It's not about health with alcohol either; it's about eventual prohibition but with better planning than last time, no matter how much they lie that it isn't.
* Image above was promotion of this documentary series on PBS in America, I can heartily recommend it as I did in my review of 2011