BingeBusters is a fairly new venture for us, however it is very much in keeping with the philosophy and aims of Iloumanate, to change and shape the drinking culture of the future. In BingeBusters we are looking to link with others who are dedicated to changing the UK's drinking culture, especially those interested in addressing the binge culture that appears to be on the increase.
If we were to believe all that we read about the UK's drinking culture we might come to the conclusion that we (as a nation) were the heaviest drinkers in Europe, if not the world. This would be a mistaken conclusion. There are many countries in Europe and the world that drink considerably more than we do. Where the problems arise is in our binge culture, we tend to concentrate most of our drinking in one or two days, usually at weekends. We also consume our drinks faster than most other countries and we less often accompany our drinking with food. This style of drinking means that our blood alcohol levels rise very quickly and we exhibit intoxicated behaviour that is more disinhibited and anti-social than our european cousins.
Alcohol costs the UK £22.8bn a year. The majority of the costs are divided between the NHS, criminal justice and industry. When was the last time you went to A&E after 10pm? You would almost certainly find yourself in a queue behind a crowd of people who had drunk to intoxication and been involved in an accident or a fight. Weekends are the worst but every night is a similar story. There is a huge rise in liver problems as increasing amounts of people require transplants through alcohol-related liver disease.
Between 60 and 90% of people in jail were under the influence when they committed the crime that they have been locked up for. The cost of policing our streets, especially at weekends and during events where alcohol is served, is rising continually estimates put the cost to criminal justice at somewhere between £8 and 9bn per year.
Alcohol costs business in the region of £6.4bn per year. Most of the costs are around loss of productivity, including absenteeism. We discuss this issue at some length elsewhere.
We are not against people drinking in any way, we are not killjoys. What we are trying to change is the abuse of alcohol. If you are interested in finding out more about BingeBusters click on the