…And I Am An Alcoholic

No, not me, Alastair Campbell. The Beeb has him fronting a Panorama programme about alcoholism tonight.

Having had first hand experience of alcoholism up close and personal, much of what he says resonates. However, he has swallowed the propaganda whole, I’m afraid. Not least when he starts talking about statistics:

Recent figures show that nearly 9,000 people die each year in the UK from alcohol-related diseases.

Just a little reminder here… These figures bear no relationship to actual alcohol related illness, they are made up. This is changing fortunately as I mentioned a few weeks back.

Now I accept that a hard drinking culture existed in Campbell’s profession, however, to project it as he is, onto the rest of society at large is at best misplaced, not least because consumption is falling and has been for nearly a decade.

The usual target of the temperance movement has been the Saturday night crowd as they are easily identified when falling out of the pubs and clubs to brawl, stagger or vomit their hazy way home. Now, inexorably, they move on, those temperance campaigners, to the middle class, middle aged drinker who imbibes a decent wine with a meal or might knock back a dram or two in front of the TV. This, then, is the latest front in the war on booze and we have statistics to back us up –  look at all those diseased livers. And now we have a well known alcoholic to front our message. Look at me, he says, you don’t want to end up like this. Change, change now while you still can.

Of course this is all very admirable if one is an alcoholic who has reached that final personal pit of hell necessary for them to change direction. Change is necessary for them to recover from the harm they do themselves and those around them. However, someone who likes a drink –  even to the extent of exceeding those wonderful made up government guidelines –  is not an alcoholic. Shame on those who try to suggest that they are.

4 comments for “…And I Am An Alcoholic

  1. john in cheshire
    February 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    And this from a man who ‘sexed-up’ evidence so that his boss/mate Mr Blair could take us into a war that we didn’t win and which cost us more than we could afford. In the horrific loss of life and the mutilated bodies or our service men and women, as well as taxpayers money.
    And why is the bbc paying this charlatan; surely there are normal people out there who have more credibility when talking about, well anything really, than the entity that is Mr Campbell.

    • February 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Maybe he was pissed at the time. In which case, that’s an awful lot of alcohol related deaths…

      • February 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

        Oooohhhh! That was a good one 😎

  2. February 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    A modern-day Pharisee in a moral movement to clean up humanity’s outside but not the hideous inside. Not to be encouraged.

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