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Drinking yourself into anesthetized state ‘is now socially acceptable’: NHS boss says…(UK)
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:53 EST, 3 March 2014 | Rosie Taylor and Sophie Borland

Posted on 03/03/2014 10:04:05 PM PST by Olog-hai

A third of intensive care beds at weekends are taken up by patients critically ill from alcohol, according to the NHS’s head of critical care.

Dr. Bob Winter said it had become socially acceptable for people to drink themselves into an “anesthetized state” on Friday and Saturday nights, and he also warned of the trend of “front-loading”—becoming intoxicated before going out.

The prices at supermarkets and off-licenses were so cheap it was possible to buy enough alcohol to “die from” with a £10 note, he added.

Dr. Winter called for an urgent change in the culture of drinking and said the Government needed to take responsibility for the problem by banning cheap booze. Official figures show that alcohol costs the NHS an estimated £2.7 billion a year, including £1 billion in A&E alone. …

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food; Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: alcoholabuse; drinkinglaws; emergencyroom; nannystate; neoprohibition; nhs; prohibition; uk
Full Daily Mail title:
Drinking yourself into anesthetized state ‘is now socially acceptable’: NHS boss says intensive care swamped by alcohol cases
When they try to out-hippy the hippies, this is a bad situation.
1 posted on 03/03/2014 10:04:06 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Critically ill from alcohol? I think I’ve been that way once in my life, and I don’t ever want to get that bad again. I felt like crap for 3 days afterward, and still felt the remnants of it for 2 more days.


2 posted on 03/03/2014 10:07:01 PM PST by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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To: wastedyears
Aye Laddie...and you're not the only one.
You've made a good move coming in here.

Rock On
3 posted on 03/03/2014 10:16:52 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Olog-hai
Government needed to take responsibility for the problem by banning cheap booze

Didn't England have problem before, when gin became cheap?

4 posted on 03/03/2014 10:18:38 PM PST by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: Olog-hai
He is not drunk who, from the floor
can rise again and drink some more.
But he is drunk who prostrate lies
and cannot drink and cannot rise.
5 posted on 03/03/2014 10:24:29 PM PST by Octar
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To: razorback-bert
Government needed to take responsibility for the problem by banning cheap booze

This isn't a solution, the addicts will change to home-made alcohol. Any kitchen is good enough for making it. I'd propose to bill those drunk intensity care patients for the care.

6 posted on 03/03/2014 10:32:57 PM PST by Freelance Warrior (A Russian.)
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To: Olog-hai

It’s a natural symptom of statism.


7 posted on 03/03/2014 10:33:27 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: IncPen

Back to back thoughts
quote fat,drunk and stupid is no way to go thru life.

Boones farm and 20/20- I didnot realize was available acoss the pond LOL


8 posted on 03/03/2014 10:44:36 PM PST by Nailbiter
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To: Olog-hai
The prices at supermarkets and off-licenses were so cheap it was possible to buy enough alcohol to “die from” with a £10 note, he added.

What are they angling at here? A 10,000% tax on alcohol ? So it seems.

9 posted on 03/03/2014 10:47:27 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Olog-hai

Why are there only pictures of women? No article on heavy-drinking in the UK portrays drunken men.


10 posted on 03/03/2014 10:51:07 PM PST by Freelance Warrior (A Russian.)
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To: Olog-hai
Young woman in Newcastle after partying.


11 posted on 03/03/2014 10:53:50 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Freelance Warrior
Here you go...


12 posted on 03/03/2014 11:00:55 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

The British have had the problem of drunken or dope high youth for quite some time. Just as we have in the states. They could try raising the drinking age, but the English like their warm pitchers of beer just as many Americans love and take pride in gun ownership. Deeply cultural and expected.


13 posted on 03/03/2014 11:08:33 PM PST by lee martell
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To: hoagy62
Here you go...

This is way, way better! Those pictures were too disgusting...

14 posted on 03/03/2014 11:09:42 PM PST by Freelance Warrior (A Russian.)
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To: Octar

Pissing the night away
Pissing the night away

He drinks a whisky drink
He drinks a vodka drink
He drinks a lager drink
He drinks a cider drink
He sings the songs that remind him
Of the good times
He sings the songs that remind him
Of the better times

I get knocked down
But I get up again
If they ever gonna kick me down
I get knocked down
But I get up again
You’re never going to keep me down


15 posted on 03/03/2014 11:10:45 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

What happens to a once- great nation when it’s politicians have sold it out to islamonazis and it’s citizens are only subjects without the means to defend their land ?


16 posted on 03/03/2014 11:11:38 PM PST by faithhopecharity (" uri)
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To: Octar

What I heard is that you’re not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on. Believe me, I know the feeling.


17 posted on 03/03/2014 11:13:49 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Octar
One tequila.
Two tequila.
Three tequila.
Floor.
18 posted on 03/03/2014 11:15:34 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

I’ve heard it this way:

Tequila Stage 1: I’m rich.
Tequila Stage 2: I’m good-looking.
Tequila Stage 3: I’m bullet-proof.
Tequila Stage 4: I’m invisible.


19 posted on 03/03/2014 11:27:11 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Olog-hai

Thanks to some bad examples set by society in general.


20 posted on 03/04/2014 12:11:59 AM PST by Republican1795.
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To: Olog-hai

Progressives know of no problem for which the solution is not giving more money over to the government.


21 posted on 03/04/2014 12:24:02 AM PST by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
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To: Olog-hai

“I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.”


22 posted on 03/04/2014 1:31:49 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Olog-hai

Our neighbor’s son went to England to study for his Master’s Degree. He told me he was amazed at how much the British drank. Not a few cocktails either.. but LOTs and lots of them. He said it was very common even among the college professors. Believe it or not.. that was the image he took home.


23 posted on 03/04/2014 4:44:12 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Olog-hai
Nice garbage service there in England.


24 posted on 03/04/2014 6:05:59 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: Olog-hai

I started November 5 2008. No matter how much I drink that jug eared manchild and his beard are everywhere I look.


25 posted on 03/04/2014 6:15:44 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: Freelance Warrior

Making crappy wine is pretty easy. Distilling the hard stuff, not so much.

It’s relatively difficult to get severe alcohol poisoning from drinking beer or wine, simply because of the volume of liquid that must be consumed.

Most of the people who die every year in the US from acute alcohol poisoning were doing shots, quite a few of them trying to down 21 shots on their 21st birthday. Many of them young women, who have lower body mass and generally a slower metabolic reduction of alcohol. Bad news when they try to match the guys drink for drink.

A lot more people would die of alcohol poisoning if the vomit reflex didn’t mean one usually unloads the alcohol before it can all be absorbed. And, of course, a lot of people pass out before they can get enough down to kill them.

Interestingly, one of the best ways to die of acute alcohol poisoning is to combine heavy drinking with marijuana, which suppresses the vomit reflex very effectively. As marijuana becomes more commonly used and socially acceptable, we can expect more deaths from alcohol poisoning


26 posted on 03/04/2014 6:16:02 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Organic Panic

Even in your dreams?


27 posted on 03/04/2014 6:19:51 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: momtothree

According to wiki, the Brits consume 13.4 liters of pure alcohol per person per year. Americans are at 9.4.

The world leader is Moldova, at 18.2, with Ukraine, understandably, at #4, 15.6.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_alcohol_consumption

BTW, in colonial and early national days, Americans drank a lot more alcohol than we do today. 1830, 14.8 liters.

https://suite101.com/a/the-rise-and-fall-of-alcohol-consumption-in-early-america-a224180


28 posted on 03/04/2014 6:25:04 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan
The United States is at nearly the bottom of per capita alcohol consumption among the Western democracies, and is well below the comparable figures recorded for Ireland, Britain, and Germany, the three most common ancestral homelands of the white population. Only Norway and Iceland consume less alcohol than we do on a per capita basis.

At least in one health statistic, Americans are doing very well.

29 posted on 03/04/2014 6:36:13 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: Sherman Logan

Moldova I can fully understand! I have some friends who came from Moldova (they are full blown Americans now). Sherman... by drinking... wow. I won’t get into details because they are beyond ugly but I attended my friend’s small birthday party. I am not a drinker... never have been really. They toast when a new person enters the home. They toast when someone leaves. They toast for today, yesterday, tomorrow and so on. My future plans include MAILING a birthday gift! (let’s leave it at that!!)


30 posted on 03/04/2014 6:38:53 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Sherman Logan
Distilling the hard stuff, not so much

The minimum equipment set includes a bucket, a pot, a sheet of PE film, a rope and a cooking stove. Not very good quality product, though. .

31 posted on 03/04/2014 6:43:13 AM PST by Freelance Warrior (A Russian.)
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To: momtothree

They have a drinking culture. I actually like it, lol. When they come to NYC, they are shocked at how NYers don’t drink all that much.


32 posted on 03/04/2014 6:51:35 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: momtothree

Moldovans apparently drink a lot more than Russians, which is hard to believe.


33 posted on 03/04/2014 6:51:52 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: miss marmelstein; Sherman Logan

They are really fun and we laughed a lot! Any celebration involves drinking and a lot of good food. That being said.. my tolerance is that of a seven year old. Russian vodka is good the first shot of celebrating a birthday. To not enjoy a shot is sort of insulting to them. Thus... my plans to mail any birthday gifts! There isn’t any sort of “sipping”. Downing is more like it. Let me put it this way: the first hour of the party was great.. wish I could remember the rest of the time!


34 posted on 03/04/2014 6:59:53 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Sherman Logan
Moldovans apparently drink a lot more than Russians, which is hard to believe.

Moldovians drink small quantities of wine at each dinner, it's a wine-making country like Italy or France. On the contrary, Russians drink occasionally, but hard alcohol and they tend to get to an extreme state.

35 posted on 03/04/2014 7:06:25 AM PST by Freelance Warrior (A Russian.)
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To: momtothree
the first hour of the party was great.. wish I could remember the rest of the time!

It reminds me a birthday party of a Russian military cadet in a student dorm (I was invited to such event once in my life). Each male guest had a half-litre of vodka in first 40 minutes, than the party continued with a brawl with Vietnamneese students (at the time I had been already sleeping), and it was finished by armed police (who woke me up).

36 posted on 03/04/2014 7:18:51 AM PST by Freelance Warrior (A Russian.)
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To: Freelance Warrior

To be fair.. that is one heck of a party!! I’m still laughing at the image of it in my head!


37 posted on 03/04/2014 7:39:48 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Olog-hai

We do that here just to deal with the reality of 3 more years of Obama. :-)


38 posted on 03/04/2014 9:20:52 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: faithhopecharity

The British have been drinking themselves into submission centuries before any handgun ban and prior to any mass immigration so you’ll have to try harder than that one i’m afraid.

“To pass an entire day and night in drinking disgraces no one. Their quarrels, as might be expected with intoxicated people, are seldom fought out with mere abuse, but commonly with wounds and bloodshed” Tacitus, the Roman historian, reporting on the Saxons


39 posted on 03/04/2014 9:22:31 AM PST by Mitch86
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To: Mitch86

Ha! Good one.


40 posted on 03/04/2014 9:39:17 AM PST by faithhopecharity (" uri)
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