New Report On Middle Aged Drinkers Shows Scientists Are Idiots

A new study by ‘scientists’ in Australia claims a warning for middle aged people that they risk embarrassing themselves through drinking is more effective at improving behaviour than highlighting the health implications.

The report claims that adults aged between 30 and 65 have only “minor” concerns about the health effects of alcohol. The truth of this can easily be observed as, in spite of frequent scaremongering campaigns by governments and their tame ‘scientists’ a huge number of people who drink more than the ridiculous recommended limits advised by governments are living happily and healthily to a ripe old age.

The study, carried out in Australia, not a country noted for abstemiousness,  by the University of Adelaide, analysed interviewee’s responses about alcohol consumption from 13 previous papers, finding that for the middle-aged people without an existing drinking problem, the “principal barrier to reductions in alcohol consumption is not the lack of information about health risks”.

The report was vague about what the principal barrier to reducing alcohol consumption actually is, probably because it relates to people having completely lost confidence in ‘scientists’ and never having trusted government anyway. Thus the punters do not have much dificulty working out that all these scare stories floated by ‘scientists’ are nothing more than a scam to justify imposing the kind of punitive tax levels on alcohol as have failed to stop about 30% of people from smoking.

People simply do not like government pokenoses telling them what they can and can’t do. Government meddling in private lives only ever results in an enormous, catastrophic clusterfuck.

The Austrialian researchers suggest, (extremely idiotically, even by the idiotic standards of ‘scientists’) public health campaigns to reduce alcohol consumption could be more effective if they focus on the risk of behaving inappropriately after drinking too much, although, predictably, no definite examples of what kind of inappropriate behaviour they mean. An enthusiastic rendition of My Way at a Karaoke night maybe?

Acceptable drinking was classed as that which “was appropriate to one’s age or stage of life”, allowed the group to still meet their responsibilities and adhered to social norms, they found. Again that is just sanctimonious drivel. What responsibilities? What social norms? Science is supposed to be about precision, not about vague platitudes.

The report stated: “The drinkers in these studies were aware of public health messages, but drew upon alternative narratives to re-frame their behaviours in ways that minimised or dismissed personal risk. Health was either described as a minor concern or not considered at all.”

Lead researcher Emma Muhlack said: “It is surprising that health does not strongly factor in the way that this group thinks about their drinking. Well Emma, let Boggart Blog help you out, human beings are individual. Pseudo – science like your report seems to start from the assumption that we are all stereotypes who have no free will and are quite incapable of making our own decisions.

“We knew very little about the decision-making processes that go into the alcohol consumption of middle-age drinkers. The results from this review help us to better understand how drinking alcohol fits into their everyday lives and which factors may need to be taken into consideration when attempting to reduce alcohol consumption in this group.” Ms. Muhlack added.

The fact is that just as people have their own limits on how drunk they want to get, they have their own standards on behaviour, so a public health campaign, no matter what kind of behaviours it targets, is unlikely to engage the attention of more than a very small percentage of the target group. It has been known for example, since I was studying sociology fifty years ago, that middle aged people are less susceptible to peer pressure than they young.

The researchers suggest that campaigns which focus on failing to meet responsibilities because of alcohol and the possible loss of respect may be more effective than health messages.

Perhaps the researchers are thinking of a follow up report suggesting using targeted ads on social media. But again, middle aged people are less likely to be heavily addicted to social media than millennials, and also social media advertising is notoriously ineffective.

 
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Crazy Muslim Fanatics Take Over Danish Suburb, Impose Sharia Law

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Muslim extremists demand Sharia Law in the USA (picture source: Wikimedia commons)

 

This story needs to be shared as widely as possible to warn hand wringing, brest beating do – gooders in the European democracies where toleration of the intolerant fanaticism and sectarian hatred of Muslim fundamentalists will lead.

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It hasn’t happened in Britain yet, but it will and if it happens once that is intolerable. And it isn’t just alcohol, skipping over the threat to women’s rights posed by fundamentalist Muslims, music dancing and dogs are also forbidden.

Oh, and as there are apparently a lot people on Facebook who wail and gnash their teeth over opposition to uncontrolled immigration, and claim they prefer the company of dogs to humans, can I remind you that out in the middle east, young guys have a fun game they play with dogs. They pour oil over the creature, light it and laugh their bollocks off as the poor creature runs around trying to get away from the flames.

So what you you emotionally crippled idiots want, British decency, tolerance and civilised values, or free immigration and Sharia Law with all it’s cruelty and inhumanity.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, in 70 BC said “Since our ancestors came down from the hills thousands of years ago to live under the law, it has been understood there can only be one law that applies to all. He was talking about Rome. Different communities have different laws, but any community can only have one legal codex. Sharia Law can have no standing in European states, to try to impose it leads to violence and civil unrest just as our governments attempt to impose western culture around the world have failed.

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Cash-Strapped’ National Health Service Is Funding ‘Reiki’ Spiritual Therapy

When I saw the headline (above) to this story, I just felt that even in these dying days of blog.co.uk, Jenny Greenteeth can still deliver a toxic bite. And so I posted this brief rant A reminder to those who screech that we must pour ever greater amounts of money into the NHS just exactly what kind of shit the bean counters and bureaucratic empire builders have been wasting our tax cash on to get the service into the catastrpohic state it finds itself in now.

May I add that I’ve nothing against Reiki (or homeopathy, or acupuncture), mere mention of which is enough to make the internet army of science tits go off on a massive hatefest, but as those things offer doubtful benefits, I feel that people who want such services should pay practicioners out of their own pockets. I mean, if we are paying for laying on of hands, what next? Exorcism on the NHS? Voodoo spells on the NHS? And as laying on of hands, i.e. hand jobs has been mentioned, how about prostitutes on the NHS?

Should anyone disagree with me on this, I will take it as your offer to pay for my Chateuneuf-Du-Pape and Chablis Premier Cru, both of which contribute far more to my continued good health that a head rub, a drink of water and a prick with a needle would.

Bacon Sandwiches to Be Banned In The Workplace?

Communal workplace kitchens may soon face a ban on pork products like sausage rolls and ham sandwiches over fears that they are “offensive” to certain faiths.

New guidelines proposed by CoExist House, a U.S. and UK-based interfaith group, urge employers to consider the rules of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism, as well as new religions like Scientology. It warns bosses to be sensitive to worker’s religions before allowing ham products to be stored or prepared alongside other products.

The group also suggests that alcohol should not be served at corporate events in case it upsets the feelings of members of certain faiths (would these certain faiths be muslim I wonder, because they’re the only faith that has a problem with other peoples’ ways of life, and they seem to have a problem with everything.


Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Pork Pie, yummy. With a dollop of Branston Pickle, a mixed salad and a couple of slices of crusty bread, washed down with a pint of trsditional English bitter. Food for the Gods, but not middle eastern Gods it seems. Well this is a British website, we don’t do politically correct and we like pork pie, bacon sandwiches, sausage baps and so on. And if your religion has a problem with that, you can FUCK THE FUCKING FUCK OFF.

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After Cigarettes and Alcohol, The Government Plans Sugar Tax

Sugar does not make you obese, fat does not make you obese, eating too much makes you obese (image source)

The election may have put a Conservative government in power and consigned the pokenoses and busybodies of Labour and the Lib Dems to the political wilderness, but the bansturbators of the public sector march on, their war against pleasure, laughter, tasty food and anything that might put people at risk of enjoying themselves continuing unabated it seems.

A row flared up in the Department for Health yesterday after a junior minister said snack companies could be forced to pay a “sugar tax” if they continue to sell unhealthy foods. The Telegraph reports that George Freeman, Life Sciences Minister, said he may support such a tax to pay for the cost of treating obesity, blaming sugary drinks and snacks for Britain’s expanding waistline.

He told the Hay Festival: “I don’t think heavy-handed legislation is the way to go.

“But I think that where there is a commercial product which confers costs on all of us as a society, as in sugar, and where we can clearly show that the use of that leads to huge pressures on social costs, then we could be looking at recouping some of that through taxation.

“Companies should know that if you insist on selling those products, we will tax them.”

His comments have placed him at loggerheads with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who previously ruled out such a move, saying that the government would look at alternative ways to get people to eat healthily. Other figures, mostly unelected bureaucrats in the Department for Health, have backed the idea, including chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies and Susan Jebb, chairman of the Food Responsibility Network.

The chairman of campaign group Action on Sugar, Graham MacGregor, backed Freeman’s comments, saying: “We are very much in favour of a sugar tax and we welcome Mr Freeman’s words.

“The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, can no longer ignore the fact that current nutrition policy whereby the food industry is allowed to police itself is, unsurprisingly, not working. We are delighted that Tesco has agreed that this is exactly the sort of action that we need and all other retailers must follow suit.”

Also speaking at the Hay Festival, Professor Tim Lang of City University London took an even more hard-line approach, saying that snack manufactures should be banned from calling their products “food”.

Any move to introduce such a tax would likely be fiercely opposed by more libertarian Conservative backbenchers who are already smarting after the government pushed plain packaging for cigarettes through parliament before the election.

Once again we see the innately fascist tendencies of people who work in the public sector but never have to put their jobs on the line by seeking re-election. Mars Bars, Crisps and cans of Cola do not make anybody eat them. Most of us can enjoy an occasional chocolate egg but equally can walk right past the sweet snacks or fizzy drinks displays in supermarkets without being tempted. Yet a sugar tax could not be discriminatory, we the responsible people would therefore be punished for our occasional treats while the morbidly obese would continue to get ‘special payment’ on top of their disability benefit to cover the cost of their addiction to pigging out.

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The Return Of Champagne Charlie

It has been a long time since Boggart Blog wrote about Champagne Charlie Kennedy, the former Lib Dem leader who inspired the party’s breakthrough from a fringe party with 20 seats in Parliament, mostly occupied by oddballs, mavericks and non – conformists, to a bunch of almost sixty sellouts who were happy to prop up one of the establishment parties in government, in return for a morsel of power.

Still, Kennedy was a decent man and a good leader. Unfortunately it all became to much for him, and in 2006 he stepped down having succumbed to the allure of the demon alcohol (still nobody has accused him yet of being involved in the Westminster Paedophile Ring so there’s something to be said for being permanently pissed.

We at Boggart Blog, who are not completely without compassion despite what our detractors may say,) feel somewhat responsible for Kennedy’s downfall. It must have been a terrible blow to his ego when we confused him with the ginger haired child actor who played Victoria Sugden in the soap Emmerdale. Obviously he suffered PTSD after reading that blog.

Emmerdale’s Victoria Sugden (left) – Charles Kennedy (right)

A few days ago Charles Kennedy popped up as a guest on BBC political panel show Question Time. He came across as ‘tired and emotional’. Some of the comments about him in internet discussion threads were deplorable however, like this exchange for example.

Boss Hogg • a day ago

“A Lib Dem source said ‘It was quite clear that he was not his usual self last night’.”

Confused, incoherent, and pissed. Seems he was exactly his usual self.

Sobloodyangry Boss Hogg • 21 hours ago

As soon as he opened his mouth, I said to the Mrs, ‘He’s blotto’.

Paul 1 Sobloodyangry • 20 hours ago

It took you that long? He’s always blotto! Which is at least some excuse. Anna Soubrey has no excuse at all!

Jingleballix Paul 1 • 10 hours ago

Soubrey is a complete and utter witch, and Natalie Bennett is a boring, ranting, incompetent dullard……I’d need a drink if I was going on TV with them, imagine being in the same green room.

A song for Charles Kennedy:
CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE

(Spoken)
I’ve seen a deal of gaiety throughout my noisy life,
With all my grand accomplishments I ne’er could get a wife;
The thing I most excel in is the P. R. F. G. game-
A noise all night, in bed all day, and swimming in champagne.

Chorus.
For Champagne Charlie is my name,
Champagne Charlie is my name;
Good for any game at night, my boys,
Champagne Charlie is my name,
Good For any game at night, my boys,
Champagne Charlie is my name;

The way I gained my title, ‘s by a hobby that I’ve got
Of never letting others pay, however long the shot;
Whoever drinks at my expense are treated just the same,
From dukes, lords,to cabmen down,I make them drink champagne
For Champagne Charlie is my name, &c.

From coffee drunk in supper rooms, from Poplar up to Pale,
All the girls on seeing me say what a champagne swell!”
The notion ’tis of every one, if ’twere not for my name,
And causing so much to be drunk, they’d never make champagne.
For Champagne Charlie is my name, &c.

Perhaps you fancy what I say is nothing else but chaff,
And only done, like other songs, to merely raise a laugh;
To prove that I am not in jest, each man a bottle of Cham.
I’ll stand, fiz round! yes, that I will, and stand it like a lamb.

For Champagne Charlie is my name etc.

How Drunken Monkeys Climed The Evolutionary Tree

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Alcohol was thought to have been first brewed by Neolithic farmers around 9,000 years ago when northern Chinese villagers made the happy discovery that fruit and honey could be fermented into an intoxicating liquor.

But new evidence suggests our ancestors had become accustomed to drinking nearly 10 million years before. So ignore those hand wringing, moanie – moanie fuddy – duddies and their ‘three thimblefuls a week makes you an alcoholic’ shit. If it wasn’t for booze we’d still be swinging around in trees. Booze culture is evolutionary

Anthropologists are now turning to the view that when primates left the trees and began walking on two feet they also started scooping up mushy, fermented fruit which was lying on the ground. And over time their bodies learned to process the ethanol present and their minds learned the meaning of “It’s party time.”.

 A team at Santa Fe College in the US studied the ADH4 gene  which enables us to produce an enzyme to break down alcohol in the body. Do not make the mistake of thinking this is linked to ADHD, ADH4 actually stands for Alcohol Deficiency Hopelessness 4 gene which is not present in miserable fuckers who never have a drink. Any primates unable to digest the fermented fruits would have died before passing on their genes, but those who could would have passed the drinking gene on to their offspring.

It was hypothesised that the booze metabolising gene did not appear until alcohol was first produced by early farmers in Asia. But researchers were amazed to observe it 10 million years earlier, at the end of the Miocene epoch.

The findings could explain why tree-dwelling orang-utans still cannot metabolize alcohol while humans, chimps and gorillas all of which are more familiar with the ground through hitting it face first while rat – arsed, can. The lesson we learn fom this is never go for a drink with an Orang Outan, they’s either get aggressive and beat the crap out of you because they are ten times stronger than an adult human male, or they’ll throw up on you, pass out and you will have to carry them home because no cabbie will take them.

Other that that, and bearing in mind another recent study showed that alcohol related illness is overstated, far more cases in the liver disease ‘pandemic’ are due to doctors overprescribing paracetamol than has been acknowledged preciously, your Boggart Bloggers advise you to get ready for a great Christmas. BRING IT ON.

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