Apr 03, 2009, 10:14AM

Passive drinking shmassive drinking

"The cost of booze is going up. Whatever you're used to paying for your favourite tipple, prepare to pay more. The days of cheap alcohol are numbered and, apparently, it is for our own good."

Our own good?:

The passive drinking concept is borrowed from "passive smoking". It is accepted almost everywhere that damage from passive smoking is real, and measures to curb it - taxing cigarettes heavily and banning smoking in public places, for example - have wide public support. Can a similar concept be applied to alcohol? And can the problem of passive drinking become as widely accepted as passive smoking, as hoped for by the World Health Organization, which last year began drafting a global plan to tackle alcohol abuse?


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