Professor David Nutt, salve the former UK chief drugs adviser thinks that he has statistical evidence that alcohol is more harmful to society than heroin or crack cocaine! Nutt’s politically outrageous (but annoyingly scientifically sound) views about the relative dangers of various drugs got him fired by former home secretary, Alan Johnson from the Governments Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs last year. Now Nutt has simply gone too far.

Its empirical formula is C2H60. It’s certainly a chemical but is it a ‘drug’? Surely not. Surely all you boozers, barflies, alkies, dipsos, dredge-heads, dronkies, shickers, waste cases, winos and international piss artists aren’t drug addicts?

How could any of you heavy hitters, gin-soaks, rumheads, brandy-shunters, hop-heads, old soakers, grog artists, toss pots, beerheads, barstool jockeys, brew hounds, ale-knights and other aristocrats of the bottle be considered to be addicted to anything?

How dare anyone suggest that you lovely lushes from bag ladies to queens of Scotch are addicted to a drug? This country – and many others besides – would have an even more serious ‘drug problem’ if it irrationally counted every harmless drunkard as part of the enemy in our ongoing war on drugs ?

Calling all drinking class people drug addicts is a politically incorrect insult. Your beverage of choice is legal, socially acceptable and generates huge revenue for hard-pressed governments all over the world.

What’s wrong with that?


Legal Disclaimer: This post has been written in the spirit of Provocative Therapy, the cutting edge in the use of reverse psychology and humour in psychotherapy. Thus nothing above should be taken ‘seriously’. As Oscar Wilde put it: ‘Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it’.


Now watch Liz & Ed discuss the issue of alcohol the non-drug.