Should the government attempt to reduce current levels of alcohol consumption? If so, what is the most effective means?
Alcohol today is very much seen as social pastime and leisure activity. In most pubs across the country we are welcomed with your stereotypically pub game which is very much centred around alcohol. Spin the bottle, dare drinking game are still very popular today. Unfortunately over the recent year the idea of alcohol being a leisure and social activity has been blown out of proportion. The number of people involved in car accidents, fatal accidents and addictions has sky rocketed and this is all due to growing alcohol consumption. Over the years, society has seen the rise in alcohol consumption particularly focusing within the United Kingdom and Scotland has been on the rise in the most recent years. The younger generation between the ages of 16- 24 according to the [British Beer and Pub Association Statistical Handbook] have higher rates of alcohol consumption when compared to the older generations. This could be due to the epidemic of binge drinking. The second problem is that many of the youngsters in today’s society pre-load (binge drink) before their night-time festivities. It has cost the NHS millions and Britain as a whole about 20 billion yearly, based on government reports source [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-196793/Heavy-cost-binge-drinking.html] As a results of this the nation has seen dramatic changes in heath illness that are directly related to alcohol. Liver cancer, Chronic liver diseases, and Kidney failure to name a few are also on the rise and are found to be more prominent in both males and females range between 25 – 40. The Government have recently been looking at different ways to combat this epidemic, by analysing some of the strategies used in different countries. When the United Kingdom is compared with Scotland it has has a lower rate of alcohol related problems but both governments are concerned...
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