Posted by: secretperson | September 17, 2008

What Sort of Boozer Are You?

The Government, in an attempt to stop people drinking, have identified nine types of people who have a problem because they consume too much alcohol. Maybe you recognise yourself in here somewhere, or maybe its all a load of puritan nonsense?

– “De-stress drinkers” use alcohol to regain control of life and calm down. They include middle-class women and men.

– “Conformist drinkers” are driven by the need to belong and seek a structure to their lives. They are typically men aged 45 to 59 in clerical or manual jobs.

– “Boredom drinkers” consume alcohol to pass the time, seeking stimulation to relieve the monotony of life. Alcohol helps them to feel comforted and secure.

– “Depressed drinkers” may be of any age, gender or socioeconomic group. They crave comfort, safety and security.

– “Re-bonding drinkers” are driven by a need to keep in touch with people who are close to them.

– “Community drinkers” are motivated by the need to belong. They are usually lower middle class men and women who drink in large friendship groups.

– “Hedonistic drinkers” crave stimulation and want to abandon control. They are often divorced people with grown-up children, who want to stand out from the crowd.

– “Macho drinkers” spend most of their spare time in pubs. They are mostly men of all ages who want to stand out from the crowd.

– “Border dependents” regard the pub as a home from home. They visit it during the day and the evening, on weekdays and at weekends, drinking fast and often.

I think I tick more than one box, depending on my mood. I guess the idea is to make the drinking sound like some kind of personality disorder and make it look bad. But honestly, keeping in touch with people who are close to you sounds reasonable to me. “Macho drinkers”? Who goes to the pub to stand out from the crowd? Are hedonistic drinkers the new binge drinkers?

It also says

It is hoped the research will help the government to reach out to people who consume at least twice the guidelines of 35 alcohol units a week for women and 50 for men.

I think there is a mistake there surely. I thought the recommended allowances were 21 and 28 units respectively. So if you double that and round down a bit you might get 35 and 50. But the Telegraph gives the impression 50 units is the weekly guideline for men. Maybe they’d been drinking.

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