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Friday, 17 April 2009

More of those hilarious BBC picture captions

Following yesterday's post i decided to search BBC news for 'alcohol'.  Obviously, every single news story on the subject is negative.  But I was a bit harsh - only about half of the illustrations of booze are of beer, a drink which plays a minimal role in the issue being discussed.  Today they even showed a pic of wine in a story about calories. But if anyone was as sad as me and did this search, they would come away in no doubt as to what's really behind the nation's drinking problem.  Here's a selection of pics and their captions going as far back as August...


Alcoholics face benefit cuts
"Alcoholics face benefit cuts" (link to video of the story below, 14th April)

Drinking alcohol
"Alcohol flush shows cancer risk" (13th April)

Young drinker
"1,000 die from alcohol in Wales"/ the report found alcohol consumption in young people was 'worrying'." (6th April)

Man drinking
"Alcohol misuse is a major problem for the NHS" (15th March)

Press Association
"Minimum price limits have been proposed in England and Scotland" (15th March).  
(Fact: minimum pricing would affect beer less than any other drink because it is already one of the highest costs per unit of alcohol, and many trade bodies support the move).

Generic photo of a teenager drinking alcohol
"Rise in alcohol illness in young" (12th March)
(Fact: young problem drinkers reject beer because it doesn't get them pissed quick enough)

A pint of beer
"Many western countries have a binge drinking problem" (9th March)

Young drinker
"Stark warning over alcohol trends" /Some under 16s are drinking more than the recommended limit for adults" (29th January)

Man drinking
"Alcohol toll on young soaring" (30th December)

Man drinking
"North west England is alcohol blackspot" (18th December)

Woman drinking
"Alcohol campaign targets shoppers/people are being told to drink sensibly over the festive period" (13th December)

Pub
"Alcoholics can choose drink ban/pubs and off licenses will refuse to sell alcohol to self excluders" (19th November)

Man drinking
"Cash for alcohol blackspot areas" (5th November)

Man drinking
"NHS alcohol services 'struggling'" (29th October)

Man drinking
"Alcohol link to serious assaults" (27th August)

About 50% of features have no illustration at all.  Of the rest, some are specific to people in the story.  Wine comes next, with about eight picture references.  Four stories used pictures of drunk teenagers in the street.  Four used a pic of spirits.  Alcopops were featured twice and are faintly visible in some of the binge pics if you look closely.  Strong cider features once - but as that's in a story about the cider having its ABV reduced, they kind of had to. 

So there you have it: according to the BBC, young binge drinkers are slowly killing themselves on beer - mostly real ale.  So that's why cask ale figures are really on the rise.  It's all clear now.

5 comments:

BLTP said...

curiously after all the pictures of beer I don't half need a pint!
Friday pm idea what's a good new bottled beer for the start of the weekend? I promise not drink more than 3 and slip over into bingeing...

Ed said...

The latest issue of Brewer and Distiller International reports that out of 20 countries surveyed Britain came in 14th place for alcohol consumption, well behind France and Germany. That won't make good headlines though will it?

Berkshire bloke said...

Really enjoyed Three Sheets to The Wind. Reading the chapter on the US, thought you might be interested in this which I came across via Stephen Fry's webesite !

http://beerwarsmovie.com/

Apparently had its screening yesterday - on 440 screens .

Looking forward to getting my hands on Hops and Glory.

michael-j said...

another one today:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8637969.stm

sent them a comment about how the BBC should stop showing pints of ale in pubs when the story is about cheap spirits and bottles/cans in supermarkets, and hopefully a few more people can do the same...

michael-j said...

didn't get a reply, but i noticed that they now have replaced the stock photo of a pint of ale with much more appropriate photo of the booze section in a supermarket!