Thursday, 19 June 2008

Binge Drinking UK Style

Britain has recognised that it has a problem with binge drinking, especially amongst young people, men and women, as far as I know binge drinking is practised in Britain more than anywhere else in Europe, you only have to drive at weekend evenings to see scores of young people behaving badly and making fools out of themselves. what has noticeably increased is the number of women binge drinking and ending up in situations you would not wish on your enemy.
The new London mayor Boris Johnson banned drinking on the London transport network only few weeks ago (and rightly so) the night before the ban, members of the public organised a drinking party on the London Underground train network, thousands of people turned up, made a big mess, some trouble but the main thing is they embarrassed themselves since the media was there filming their drunken behaviour, the next day many newspapers published the following picture of a well dressed young woman who got so much drunk that she fell unconscious on a public bench, anything could have happened to her plus imagine her shame when she saw her picture on the news! the sight of women vomiting and falling in the streets is becoming very common now.

The government here published 2 hard hitting adverts on TV aimed at mainly young people, these adverts are quite graphic and to the point but would they work in deterring people?? that remains to be seen.

Drinking is harmful in many ways and while many people say they only drink a little and do not allow themselves to get drunk, while it might be true with some people but with most it is just an excuse and they are in denial.
Alcohol is an Evil
These Videos are meant to shock not offend


41 comments:

a_akak said...

I know what you are talking about as I always say "The Brits are civilized people until 10pm" but what is odd is that the rest of Europe are not as bad as the Brits and they are proud of it

The way i see it is that a "drunk" person guy/girl is worthless and I wouldnt waste a drop of water if they were burning

When you see what Alcohol does you start to thank god that we are Muslims and are forbidden to drink (although a lot of Muslims do drink)

Finally, The way I see it is that the difference between humans and animals is the brain and if we loose it, we are no better than animals (and not the cute, good ones :P)

Fe Aman Allah

Lebeeya said...

I never really understood why people drink when they know they will do stupid things and behave badly when drunk. Not just that, but drinking is VERY bad for your health. As Akak said, Alhamdulilah we are Muslims. We are blessed to have a religion that encourages us to use our brain to make decisions. The road to a good life (and after life) is paved for us and all we need to do is make sure we do not get off track (this is where the brain comes in handy!!)

And while I applaud the mayor's decision to ban drinking in the London transport network (although it should be banned everywhere - Alcohol is evil) and the attempts made to educate the young population through advertisements about the effects of alcohol consumption. From a marketing perspective, I do not see any effectiveness in the advertisements. The message is simply not specific enough! The adverts effectively tell that alcohol can lead to such behavior… but everyone knows that too much drinking is bad, so what does the adverts tell that is new exactly? A sane person would not relate to the adverts because they would be like, "I would never let myself reach such a stage" or "I would never drink THAT much" or “I know my limits when drinking”.

The message I got from seeing the adverts was, when you drink TOO much, this is what may happen. The message should be, “STOP DRINKING NOW!” I feel though that a message as important as this cannot be mucked up without devastating effect. People need specific things to stop a bad habit; in this case it should be FEAR. With smoking it is lung cancer. With junk food its heart disease. With Alcohol is organ destruction... and liver disease.

Nowadays, people are more health conscious. The government needs to take advantage of that!

WEDA said...

really as a muslim i don't know so much about drinking... but even though i see alot of my neighboors drinking home made drinks ...made of socks water & alot of rubbish .....so any way clean drinks are at least better than ours

Amira said...

To reiterate what Akak and Leebya said Hamdulillah 3la ni3mat Al Islam. When muslims face hard times their faith is strong enough for them to turn to Allah (swt) and the Quran and say Alhamdulillah 3la kul 7’eer!!

The adverts don’t say STOP DRINKING but basically drink in moderation and know your limits etc otherwise your ruin your top or favourite jacket. The sad thing is no government that’s making money off alcohol sales is going to say “stop drinking” they have too much to lose, what would happen to all the taxes they get from alcohol sales. They show that they are concerned by making adverts yes but that’s all it is concern, the way they see it is it’s a free country people can do what they please as long as they don’t break the law!! Even the most health conscious drink, the saying has switched from an apple a day keeps the doctor away to a glass of wine (red of course) a day keeps the doctor away!!

There are many reasons why people turn to drink from needing “Dutch courage” to be more social and have a good time (how can you have a good time if you’re completely legless and unable to speak!!)to trying to forget. Maybe the government should think about addressing the reasons why people get themselves to the stage of binge drinking. Alcohol in the UK is part of everyday life and culture. A glass of wine/or whatever for lunch another for dinner, a bottle of champagne whenever the mood strikes. Kids are bought up with adults drinking(in moderation) around them, so never see the bad effects of excessive drinking and then they start drinking some at a very young age (drinking cider late at night in parks etc). Friends of mine who grew up with parents that drank waaaay too much don’t drink themselves as they have seen and lived through what alcohol does to the person and their families.

Kids are growing up a lot quicker nowadays maybe they should be shown the harsh reality of what excessive drinking can do...I personally am in two minds about this, shock therapy may work in educating the kids BUT they are still kids at the end of the day whether they can act 18 even though they are only 12!!

MusicLover said...

Prague Journal; Travel Advisory: British Abroad, Staggering About

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=
9907E4DC1038F937A3575AC0A9659C8B63

Here an article which shows you how British behave abroad

ASMA said...

its west ..they behave like animals ..as all said thanx allah we r muslims no alchol or any drtiy things ...if u ask them ..they know its such abad thing so why they drink it ???... even them cant answer

abdullah SH said...

al7mdo lellah 3la n3mt el islam ..
i know ppl do things i can describe it bt if u ask him why u do tht he answer u ...i dnt remember anything cuz iam drunking at tht moment !!!
bad behaviour wll reflect on many prob cuz no one know wht he do at tht moment & answers became popular .. i duno remeber any thing .... plus bad smell & side effect of alcohol on d body ...

thank allah cuz iam a muslim ...

حنان شلبي said...

اول شي الحمد لله على نعمة الاسلام
مع العلم انو عنا مسلمين بالاسم وبسسسسسسسسسسس وبجوازات السفر ولا شو رايك يا انجلو بما انك اكيد صادفتهم بحياتك كتير
انا عن نفسي صادفتهم وهون بزعل عهيك اشخاص لانو هاد لا من عاداتنا ولا من دينا

بس بالنصبة للاديان الاخرى عادي يا جماعة هاد شي طبيعي عندهم لهيك بحكي يصطفلو يشربو يسكرو همة حرين بحالهم عاساس كل حياتهم خير الا الخمرة
بالعكس بشوف الخمرة اخف شي همة بيعملوه
كل واحد عدينو الله يعينو

يريت بس شبابنا المسلم الي محسوبين عالاسلام خطأ ومشوهين اسمنا ببلاد الله همة الي يتعظو ويفهمو

وتحياتي

MusicLover said...

Governments,states,counties,provinces,cities,
and towns can not survive with out the taxation of alcohol, tobacco and gas in western world.

In USA they raised the drinking age from 18 to 21 about 25 years, in 70's they had bars on university campuses!!!, smoking are off limits from many buildings.

The only ones I see who smoke on university campus in my city are Asian,Arabs,Eastern Europeans plus few young Americans.

Frequency of smoking and drinking that includes even the quality :-) varies in different parts of USA.

Anglo-Libyan said...

Thank you everyone for commenting and adding to this post, I am sorry for being late due to having a busy weekend :o)

KhadijaTeri said...

What is really sad is the amount of ex-pats in Libya that are binge drinking.

They go to their private clubs and parties and drink the night away. Many have had road accidents on their way home. I think there is enough booze in Libya to keep the entire country drunk for a decade.

And Libyans are drinking more and more these days too. sad....

Anglo-Libyan said...

Khadijateri, that is sad indeed.

I do remember many years ago when I was living in Tripoli, Hay Alandalus, there used to be many of these ex-pat drinking parties and Libyan parties too, I suppose things got even worse now.

BuJ said...

reminds me of the best statement of all time, which i picked up in cardiff:

"we got a bit lashed last night"

Maya M said...

The above comments sound very strange to a person like me who belongs to an alcohol-drinking culture.
"The government should immediately ban all alcohol, but it is too selfish and hasn't the guts."
Anybody remembering that US government did ban alcohol, with "excellent" results? Namely, explosive development of organized crime, plus alcohol consumption actually rising.
Still, I think Americans got away lightly with this experiment, compared to other societies that did it.
All alcohol-banning societies known to me have features I don't like, such as excessive strict rules regulating personal life. I believe this is partly due to eliminating alcohol (and not replacing it with anything else).
Human brain is too logical and dutiful when left on its own, so it needs chemical relaxation.
In "East of Eden", Steynbeck describes his grandmother Lisa, a very devoted and virtuous Protestant who neither enjoys life nor lets anybody else in the house enjoy it. At age 60 or so, the doctor prescribes her alcohol. She is initially disgusted, but then begins to like it, raises the dose to half a liter per day and becomes much more tolerant and easier to live with.
(My own status: drinking moderately, like my husband, parents and friends, and yes, it is possible.)

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