Public health minister Anne Milton has bemoaned the fact that, despite government warnings, some people still continue to drink above the level they say is good for us. She also said that, despite the incidence of problem drinking, there was not currently any evidence available to justify altering the recommended safe limits. By alter she presumably means lower - no, Anne, you don't fiddle figures that lack credibility at their current levels. She recognises that many people simply don't believe government warnings. I wonder why that is Anne? Perhaps it's because politicians sometimes lie to us. We remember the weapons of mass destruction and the dodgy dossier, which politicians of all parties fell for, but, strangely enough, rather less of the general public did; or more recently, Theresa May's conference lies about the cat and the immigrant. On top of that, the simple truth is that most drinkers can't believe the recommended alcohol levels, especially since one of those involved in setting them admitted a couple of years ago that the figures were more or less plucked out of the air - more deceit.The original article is here.
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