Friday, October 15, 2010

Andrei pointy headed prat beneficiary claims alcohol is cheaper than water

Get this headline on Stuff

Booze now cheaper than bottled water

Yeah right! The so called public health professor, whose comfortable existence no doubt comes from tax extracted from the working population, has acheived this headline by comparing apples with oranges.

To wit
Public Health Associate Professor Nick Wilson and fellow researcher Fiona Gunasekara found cask wine readily for sale at 62 cents per standard drink, beer at 64c and bottled wine at 65c.

That was cheaper than bottled water – at 67 cents per 250ml – and not much more than a 250ml glass of milk, at 43 cents.

A "standard drink" is one which contains 10g of alcohol - there is little to no alcohol in bottled water or milk so this comparison is nonsensical. Just a way of creating shock horror headlines.

This fellow who has job security and no doubt a nice salary thinks that the hoi polloi who do real work, digging in the mines or stacking the shelves at the warehouse shouldn't be allowed to have the pleasure of a glass or two of wine or a bottle of beer and that the GOVERNMENT should stop them by making it too expensive by adding even more TAX to raise the price.

More TAX revenue so that pointy head professors can feed even more deeply at the trough.

The fact the anybody gives this sort of rubbish oxygen seriously annoys me.

The "professor" should be fired as incompetent for these bogus numbers and put to work at minimum wage in a coal yard.

Doing real work might be good for his health.

14 comment(s):

ZenTiger said...

The headline could have equally screamed "bottled water now more expensive than booze"

and demand bottled water resellers are lined up and shot.

muerk said...

The real headline should be WATER MORE EXPENSIVE THAN MILK - clearly they are feeding/watering/caring for magical animals that exude water that must then be "milked" from them. The overheads must be phenomenal.

Actually I have no problem with comparing a standard drink (one single serve) with 250ml of milk or water (also a single serve). I disagree completely with the idea that it's apples and oranges. It's comparing one standard single serve with another standard single serve. Utterly logical and reasonable.

Psycho Milt said...

It's apples and oranges, alright. Alcohol is a recreational drug - there's not much point comparing its price with products which have no value as recreational drugs. They might as well point out that alcohol is cheaper than chili sauce, or paint. It's all liquid.

Apart from anything else - bottled water? Alcohol is cheaper than a luxury product for people too precious to drink tap water? Oh noes!

muerk said...

Seriously, is everyone on drugs today.... They have compared the price of one single serve of an alcoholic _drink_ with a single serve _drink_ of water and milk.

mojo said...

Oh dear ... & Aquapure available @ $1.06 per 500ml; 750 ml @ $1.24.

Where do they find these 'self-serving' chappies & their comparative prices?

Now if I could get a few bottles of decent vino for $1.24 a bottle, I'm a goer.
Why cannot these wowsers name their sources ... this is just completely unfair, nay wrong!

Psycho Milt said...

Seriously, is everyone on drugs today...

Well, everyone who drinks alcohol regularly is. Also seriously - are the people combing the supermarkets and liquor stores for the cheapest possible alcohol really primarily interested in obtaining a thirst-quenching drink?

mojo said...

Aha, definitely psycho.

Andrei said...

Well, everyone who drinks alcohol regularly is. Also seriously - are the people combing the supermarkets and liquor stores for the cheapest possible alcohol really primarily interested in obtaining a thirst-quenching drink?

Not everyone drinks to get drunk PM.

And not everyone who by expensive
Cabernet Sauvignons are " primarily interested in obtaining a thirst-quenching drink"

You're smart arsed comment about people "combing the supermarkets and liquor stores for the cheapest possible alcohol" is utterly patronizing to the poor.

Like all middle class lefties you look down your pompous snoot at those who don't have money to spend on the finer things in life.

muerk said...

When I was a university student I looked for the maximum amount of alcohol for the cheapest price. Dirty cheap vodka in plastic bottles was my drug of choice - and I did use it as a recreational drug because I was drinking it to alter my mental state. Otherwise known as binge drinking.

If alcohol had been more expensive, I would have had less binge drinking because I would not have afforded it as much. I certainly wasn't drinking because I enjoyed the taste, or because I was thirsty - I was drinking because I was stressed and I wanted to be completely out of it so that I could take a mental break from my life.

I would like to promote this organisation:

http://www.pioneerassociation.ie/

The NZ representative, should you want to know more or join is:

Mrs Mary McGee (National Secretary)

16 Duke St, Mt Roskill,
Auckland 1041
Ph: 09 620 4605

mojo said...

I see ... so from comparative prices of one standard drink of alcohol to the conveniently contrived 'equivalent' 250 ml of non alcoholic drinks to somehow indicate how cheap alcohol is relatively ... to saving the world.
Yep ... drinking to excess can do that.

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muerk said...

The 250ml isn't contrived, it's the standard serving size. A standard single serve of bread is once slice (26g), the standard single serve of cheese is two slices (40g). One cup of cooked rice is a standard single serve.

I'm diabetic, precise serving sizes have been around for donkey's, they didn't make it up for this. They have compared the price of single serves of an alcoholic drinks and milk and water.

Here is the pdf my hospital dietician gave to me -

http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/tools/downloads/what-does-a-serving-look-like/Serving-size.pdf

Psycho Milt said...

Not everyone drinks to get drunk PM.

Of course not. I drink every day, but am almost never drunk since I had kids. However, everyone who just enjoys a glass of beer or wine is actually consuming a dangerous recreational drug. There's no point in pretending otherwise.

You're smart arsed comment about people "combing the supermarkets and liquor stores for the cheapest possible alcohol" is utterly patronizing to the poor.

Not really - been there, done that, brought home half the souvenir shop. The fact I don't have to do it these days is irrelevant.

mojo said...

Mmmm ... perhaps something to do with 'intelligence' then? Perhaps all this anti alcohol stuff is indicative of an uprising by those of limited neuronal capacity attributing such deficit and perchance, ensuing errantry, to bingeing on that 'evil beverage.'
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/201010/why-intelligent-people-drink-more-alcohol

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