From a glut of lemons to a global health crisis: talk about unintended consequences!

From a glut of lemons to a global health crisis: talk about unintended consequences!

I’d always assumed that the alcopops revolution started out as a cynical marketing exercise by a major brewery. Apparently not. According to the Independent, it’s all down to an Australian farmer who suggested brewing the lemons his neighbour couldn’t sell. The result was Two Dogs – and no obvious intention to appeal to underage drinkers. But it wasn’t long before the big breweries...

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Is Alcoholism Really a Function of Cheap Alcohol? I’m not Convinced

Is Alcoholism Really a Function of Cheap Alcohol? I’m not Convinced

The article at www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/30/hospital-admissions-alcohol-million-year discusses National Health Service findings that, in 2011-12, an estimated 1.22 million hospital admissions in England were linked to drinking too much alcohol. This represents a 51 per cent rise over the past nine years. Not surprisingly, the figures drew more comment on the question of setting a...

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