“Don’t Mention The War! Wait, That’s Not Right, I Meant The Booze..!”

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?

6 comments for ““Don’t Mention The War! Wait, That’s Not Right, I Meant The Booze..!”

  1. Penseivat
    May 5, 2017 at 11:18 am

    The (so called) scientists had better not watch tv programmes such as “Escape to the country”, “A place in the sun”, or “My dream home by the sea” in case they experience extreme apoplexy. In almost every one, the subjects will say something like, “I can just imagine sitting here, with a glass or two of wine, enjoying the view.” As those views will be there 24 hours a day, the potential house buyers must all be raving alcoholics based on those ‘scientific views’.

    • May 14, 2017 at 8:09 am

      And after every ‘ETTC’ they sit down with drinks to discuss the options! Oh, the humanity!

  2. Errol
    May 5, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Yet more nanny statism.

  3. Stonyground
    May 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    ” Why is no journalist questioning this sort of thing?”

    Are there any journalists left that do any actual journalism?

    With regard to Radio 2, I’m 58 and think of it as a station for old people. Nowadays I mainly listen to Absolute Radio or Planet Rock. The adverts are an intrusion but I accept that they are a necessary evil, although some of the ads are about things that the government is currently wasting my money on and I do prefer to keep myself informed about such things.

    • May 14, 2017 at 8:10 am

      I do rather like Radio Two… 😉

  4. May 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    The radio presenters might be on ‘recreational drugs’. I would be pleasantly surprised to hear of one who wasn’t. Who knows what they get up to as we are not able to see them. I have heard stories of some who sit there at the mike sans trousers !!

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