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Another funny post from the BBC

August 5, 2009

You would never have guessed that:

Boredom ‘fuels teen alcohol use’

Nice use of scare quotes, as well as completely useless title about a subject that is NON-news and is something everybody knows.  Next thing the BBC will be writing stories about Blair/Straw etc. being war criminals, and will stop using pathetic scare quotes – but then they would also have to employ journalists that actually believed in the words they were writing and then they would all go mad.

Other funny quotes in this article include:

The charity Drinkaware found that 8% of the 16 and 17 year olds it questioned said they drank at least once a week simply because they were bored.

Nearly one-third (29%) of the 1,071 polled said they had drunk alcohol out of boredom at some point.

The charity warned the problem was likely to intensify during the summer holidays, as many young people found themselves with little to do.

Well doh!  But for the sake of going along with this stupidness, it would clarify matters a little if we were also told the percentage of all 16-17 year olds who actually drink alcohol.  Does this 8% of bored drinkers refer to habitual drinkers?  To all teenagers?  To random people found on Facebook?  Who is this 8%?

Given £20 per week to spend, 13% [of 16-17 year olds] said they would be more likely to spend the money on alcohol and partying than shopping or entertainment.

The rest just drink from their parents’ well stocked kitchen booze cupboards.  13% isn’t really a very high percentage BBC, so what are you trying to say – the vast majority of 16-17 year olds are actually not drunkards?  This flies in the face of berating teenagers for being lazy drunks doesn’t it? 

“When 11 litres of supermarket cider costs less than the price of a Harry Potter ticket, it’s no wonder they [teenagers] think alcohol is better value for money.”

That’s because it is.  Watching Harry  Potter is significantly worse than Value Cider in any sane person’s books!

Pointless article.  Why does anybody drink – because they are bored, because monotonous survival in our stupid selfish sexist capitalist society is boring!  Because to watch any of the crap presented to us on television 24/7 requires alcohol.  Why should teenagers be excluded from the most common survival technique we have.  

Hey BBC, how about an article about WHY teenagers are bored – how they feel about their boring lives – that might actually be news, but not as you know it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jess permalink
    August 5, 2009 09:04

    I agree completely with your post – except for the bit about scare quotes. Those are just quote-quotes, meant to indicate that the BBC are reporting someone is claiming this – it’s the results of a survey, not of investigative research the BBC has carried out itself…

  2. Polly Styrene permalink
    August 6, 2009 22:39

    Why does anybody drink? Because it’s enjoyable?

    No – surely not…….

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