Comments on: Weighing the tradeoffs of joy versus long term health https://www.euractiv.com/section/alcohol/opinion/weighing-the-tradeoffs-of-joy-versus-long-term-health/ EU news and policy debates across languages Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:05:15 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: Dick Puddlecote https://www.euractiv.com/section/alcohol/opinion/weighing-the-tradeoffs-of-joy-versus-long-term-health/#comment-327219 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:49:27 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=opinion&p=1154529#comment-327219 Great piece. There is a wholesale refusal to recognise that creeping prohibition of choice is being promoted by arrogant elitists all over Europe and beyond. As J S Mill explained 150 years ago, “Every increase of cost is a prohibition, to those whose means do not come up to the augmented price.”. Reducing duty free allowances and increasing legal age are, by the same token, forms of prohibition in the same mould as tax rises, they deprive some people, somewhere, of something they choose to consume. And as for that old canard about consumers not actually having choice because industry/advertising/addictiveness (delete as applicable dependent on which state-funded NGO you work for), it’s just a manipulatively-constructed item of propaganda to try to con people into thinking that their hard fought for freedoms aren’t *really* being eroded when they darn well are, by rent-seeking parasites desperate to stay suckling on the public teat. Besides, how pompous and snobby do you have to be to describe entire populations of being unable to make rational choices when they are currently fed the most comprehensive and accurate information in human history. It says far more about the low morals of those who seek bans and restrictions – or believe they are justifiable – than it does consumers.

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By: Patrick Worms https://www.euractiv.com/section/alcohol/opinion/weighing-the-tradeoffs-of-joy-versus-long-term-health/#comment-327210 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:50:49 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=opinion&p=1154529#comment-327210 The author has an admirable regard for freedom. Sadly, it is not matched with a regard for data. Had he done his homework, he would have known that some of these “lifestyle choices” are nothing but: almost 8 out of 10 people who try tobacco will become addicted, and over 1 out of 10 who try alcohol will become alcoholics. Both forms of addiction are a form of slavery that is poles apart from true liberty, and both are likely to be the result of rash, youthful dares.

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By: Lauri Beekmann https://www.euractiv.com/section/alcohol/opinion/weighing-the-tradeoffs-of-joy-versus-long-term-health/#comment-327206 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:34:13 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=opinion&p=1154529#comment-327206 Author describes additional measures, that are recommended in the WHO Global Strategy (signe by all EU countries) and concludes somehow that “This is an experiment that has been tried in countries such as the U.S. and the Soviet Union before and failed” and refers then to prohibition. How is moving alcohol to a special rooms in grocery stores comparable to prohibition. And why compare with something from 1930´s when retail monopoly systems are working perfectly (with people´s support) in Nordic countries today?!

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