Your evening glass of wine and love of Radio 2 might be regarded by some as a pleasure of middle-age. But have you ever considered the two might be related?
Nope! Who on earth ever would?
For scientists say presenters on the BBC station regularly discuss alcohol in a way which could encourage heavy drinking.
DJs frequently mentioned wine, beer and spirits in the context of partying, socialising and having a good time. Many references involved reading out listeners’ alcohol-related tweets and emails.
Oh, for the love of…
Researcher Katie Haighton, associate professor of public health and wellbeing at Northumbria University, said: ‘On Radio 2, the greatest proportion of references to alcohol came from presenters reading out listeners’ social media messages.
‘And drunkenness was mentioned more on Radio 2 than on commercial stations.
‘Alcohol consumption is often portrayed as the norm without negative consequences, and just 5 per cent of references on all stations were about sensible drinking.’
Seriously, this is a concern? People are actually being paid to monitor this? I thought universities were starved of funding? Why is no journalist questioning this sort of thing?