Daily Archives: 23/10/2015

Friday Sober Jukebox – Ten Storey Love Song (in thanks) :)

So the lovely Binki over at the FB SWANS group on Wednesday bought to my attention a piece on After Party Magazine called The 20 Best Recovery Blogs.  Well blow me down with a feather – I was on that list!!!!  I came over all Happy Days 😉

happy daysAnd this is what they wrote:

This is a cool blog wrapped in a super cute package. Maybe it’s my adoration for the British POV but Lou, who is virtually anonymous in the majority of her posts, is just an upbeat sober lady who loves being sober and likes keeping it simple. She offers a lot on her site: news stories, personal blog posts, how-to guides, workshops, interviews and other great resources for the sober community. Since I (and ever other sober person dating a normal drinker) am always looking for fun, non-alcoholic alternatives to enjoy with my bourbon-swigging boyfriend, I especially love her section on mocktails—complete with photos and recipes!

So firstly thank you Danielle Stewart and After Party Magazine!  To be listed by you is truly an honour – and such a lovely review too  🙂 And among such heroes of mine  – Veronica Valli, Magz @ Sober Courage, Chris @ Since Right Now, I Fly At Night, Hip Sobriety, Laura over @ The Sobriety Collective, the lovely Lotta, aka Mrs D, and Amy @ Soberbia to name but a few other sober rock stars *blushing*

So as a way of showing my gratitude for your kindness a tune in return.  A Ten Storey Love Song for a top 20 recovery blog listing ……  The Stone Roses – a British band through and through.  Thank you again and if I can ever help you out with a Reader Spotlight then just ask! 😀

 

Drinkers are not a burden on the state

This was picked up by the Daily Mail in September regarding why there is no incentive for the Govt to resolve the issue of alcohol dependence.  Why? It’s because drinkers are NOT a burden on the state as alcohol taxes raises £6.5 BILLION more than the cost of alcohol abuse.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: A reveler stops to help her friend after leaving a bar in Bristol City Centre on October 15, 2005 in Bristol, England. Pubs and clubs prepare for the new Licensing laws due to come into force on November 24 2005, which will allow pubs and clubs longer and more flexible opening hours. Opponents of the law believe this will lead to more binge-drinking with increased alcohol related crime, violence and disorder while health experts fear an increase in alcohol related illnesses and alcoholism. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Drinkers in England pay billions of pounds more in alcohol taxes every year than they take out in healthcare, police and other costs, a report has revealed.

The cost of alcohol abuse – including treatment on the NHS and the amount spent tackling booze-fuelled crime – amounts to £3.9 billion each year. 

But the Treasury receives revenues from alcohol taxes amounting to some £10.4 billion, according to a report by the Institute of Economic Affairs.

The study, taking into account recent health, crime and drinking data, finds that contrary to popular belief, drinkers are not a burden to the taxpayer.

The net benefit of alcohol to the taxpayer is £6.5 billion, and even if the Government halved all forms of alcohol duty, it would still receive more money in tax than it spends dealing with booze-related problems, the report claims.

The study’s author Christopher Snowdon said: ‘It is time to stop pretending that drinkers are a burden on taxpayers.

‘Drinkers are taxpayers and they pay billions of pounds more than they cost the NHS, police service and welfare system combined.

‘The economic evidence is very clear on this.

‘Forty per cent of the EU’s entire alcohol tax bill is paid by drinkers in Britain and, as this new research shows, teetotallers in England are being subsidised by drinkers to the tune of at least six-and-a-half billion pounds a year.’

In 2003 a report produced by Dr Rannia Leontaridi for the Cabinet Office suggested that alcohol use cost Britain £20 billion a year.

But Mr Snowdon claims that it applied to England, not Britain, and is misleading because it conflates social and economic costs with the costs to government departments – the cost to the taxpayer.

He found that alcohol-related crime costs the taxpayer nearly £1 billion per year, while other alcohol-related crimes, including drink-driving, add a further £627 million, making a total cost to the police and criminal justice system of £1.6 billion.

Alcohol-related health problems cost £1.9 billion annually, with half of these coming from alcohol-related hospital admissions, and a further £530 million spent on Accident and Emergency attendances.

Welfare payments given to those unable to work because of mental or physical ill health attributable to alcohol consumption amount to £289 million.

Mr Snowden arrived at his results by using the 2003 figures and adjusting for inflation for all expenses which are costs to the taxpayer, but not social costs.

He used some more up-to-date statistics – such as A&E attendance figures from 2015 – where available.

Full study findings here:

Alcohol and the public purse (PDF)

So that’s alright then isn’t it? We’ll gloss over the small matter of the social costs that are not accounted for in these numbers.  Clearly they aren’t as important as the financial gains that the govt make from all us boozers, whether we get sick because of it or beat the crap out of someone while under the influence 🙁  FFS ……