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As we all know, smoking is banned from public places; during my infrequent visits to U.K. I've seen horrific photographs published on cigarette packets (I don't know if it's the same now) and much ado has been made of the 'drain' on H.H.S. recources. It has created an anti-social awareness and has reduced smoking but a person walking along with cigarette may get frowned upon; but to see a drunk opens up a whole different can of worms.
Entice people in pubs/bars etc.to drink then throw them out when they get drunk (in some cases). I suppose there's no such thing as passive drinking - only encouragement to 'have another'.
My point being that on the occasions (mainly at week-ends) A&E was usually full of drunks but not smokers.
Why were alcoholic beverage producers not made to put warnings and horrific images on bottles and cans? Surely, the treatment of aloholism must also cost a fortune.
We see many campaigns about the dangers of smoking but we don't see public awareness raised about the dangers of excessive drinking. T.V. and films are the same (with a few exeptions; people get blathered and carry on as if they've had a couple of bars of chocolate.
Generally, people aren't aware of the dangers and aftermath of excessive drinking so when confronted with people who have a major issue, they simply don't have a clue. The general populas needs to be made aware. Not enough is being done.
I've never seen anyone in A & E because they had too many cigarettes.
Get cancer and people queue up to light a candle by your bedside; have a problem with alcohol and get treated like a leper.
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