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False Alcohol Argument Syndrome

Experts warn of lives lost to drink - Scotsman.com News
The liver death rate in the UK is 11.4 per 100,000 people, more than double that of the other countries with similar drinking cultures and genetic backgrounds, such as Australia, Holland, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden.

That's the key statistic that is being used today by a prodnoses demanding a clampdown on booze.
But surely it is saying that the high death rate has nothing to do with booze if similar populations taking a similar dose have widely different outcomes. It would suggest some other factor at work.
What that might be or whether the stats are faulty I don't know, but I do know a false argument when I see one.

But there is some good news:

But there are fears among professionals in the field about plans which will see councils take over responsibility for public health in local communities. A poll of members by the Faculty of Public Health found that one in seven was considering leaving the field because of the reforms, while three per cent had already decided to do so.

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The Mash hits both with one well-aimed stone

Hmm.. intake similar ... genetically similar... noticably worse outcomes...

Either (i) our excess deaths are not down to alcohol consumption but some other factor, such as a higher prevalence of Hep B or C in the UK population, (ii) our diagnosis and treatment regimes are substandard compared with other countries, or (iii) we have fewer transplant donors.

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