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The NHS vs drinkers

We should call time on a Scottish NHS proposal that would ban daytime sales of alcohol in shops.
Yesterday, the Mail on Sunday reported that NHS Shetland has put forward proposals to restrict sales of alcohol from shops until 'later afternoon or evening' rather than 10am. It's… http://actiononchoice.org/drinking/nhs-vs-drinkers/

What's wrong with cheap booze?

Children shouldn't be drinking - that's the law - but why should adults pay more than necessary for alcohol?
The Alcohol Health Alliance is in the news today, reporting on the fact that it is possible to buy alcohol very cheaply. For example, the AHA's latest report says: 'Both Asda and T… http://actiononchoice.org/drinking/whats-wrong-cheap-booze/

Beer: it's good for you

How did a statement of the obvious become national news?
Swiss scientists have spent time and money 'discovering' what everyone already knew: if you drink beer, it makes you more relaxed, more sociable and even a little more open to the … http://actiononchoice.org/drinking/beer-its-good-you/

Dear Prime Minister…

Theresa May has promised to give British people 'more control over your lives'. Let's hold her to it.
Yesterday evening, Theresa May stepped out of her car and made the short walk to the Downing Street lectern to make her first statement as prime minister. Some noted that her comme… http://actiononchoice.org/smoking/dear-prime-minister/

Brexit and beer adverts

The vitriolic and elitist rage against the referendum result is just an extreme example of the outlook that has been destroying consumer freedom.
With the aftermath of the EU referendum vote having generated what appears to be a national brain seizure, you could be forgiven for missing the latest pearl from the puritans at A… http://actiononchoice.org/drinking/brexit-and-beer-ads/

Scottish government: know your limits

The authorities in Edinburgh can't persuade us to drink less, so they now plan to limit how much shops can sell.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) government has become the embodiment of all the worst aspects of the nanny state. If ever there is a hare-brained, illiberal scheme to clamp down… http://actiononchoice.org/drinking/scottish-government-know-your-limits/

Minimum pricing, maximum snobbery

The Scottish government wants to stop the 'wrong' kind of people drinking.
The Court of Session in Edinburgh will today hear a fresh round of legal arguments about the Scottish government's plan to introduce a minimum price for booze of 50 pence per unit … http://actiononchoice.org/drinking/minimum-pricing-maximum-snobbery/

Watering down our locals

Calls for tax breaks for weaker drinks are really about the authorities telling us how we should drink.
Last week, the Local Government Association called for tax breaks on weaker varieties of beer to be extended to other drinks like cider and wine. Anything that reduces the tax burd… http://actiononchoice.org/drinking/watering-down-our-locals/

Alcohol puritans: drunk on power?

New drinking guidelines are laughable - but could lead to yet more restrictions on our freedom.
The UK's chief medical officers have issued new drinking guidelines, which imply there is no safe level of drinking. The guidelines claim that 'there are adverse effects from drink… http://actiononchoice.org/drinking/alcohol-puritans-drunk-power/

Warning! Another attack on pleasure

Gruesome images on drinks bottles are on their way.
For years now, campaign groups like Forest, the parent organisation of Action on Consumer Choice, have argued that the illiberal, pleasure-wrecking policies targeted at smokers wou… http://actiononchoice.org/drinking/warning-another-attack-pleasure/