Time to draw a line under boozy issue

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Those of us older people who like a tipple of an evening, might well have been concerned to read last week that our two glasses of wine, or whatever makes us borderline alcoholics - yeah that will be right, says me and many associates who enjoy a pre meal drink.

Not that I am going to argue with whoever conducts this mind boggling research, but when it comes to prescribing a drug to reduce alcohol dependency I think it is time to draw a line under the issue.

It seems inconceivable that in an already stretched health service that we should impose another cost on the system. At £3 a pill it would be ludicrously expensive, especially if was going to be free to us golden oldie drunks, as the research seems to suggest we have become.

The high handed, preaching really gets to me, particularly when alternative research suggests that alcohol in moderation is actually good for us, but at this juncture we then get into silly debates about what is moderation and what is excess. I just know that the nonsensical scaremongering is never going to work, nor of course is defending a drug that is known to be harmful. It is all about the balance, something Scottish society has never been very good at.

The popular press, including the BBC must take their share of the blame, giving Nalmefene or Selincro, the brand name for name for nalmefene tablets banner headlines scarcely helps, especially when they dip in and then quickly out of the issue with little time for sensible reaction. In any civilised society there has to be scope for reasoned debate, leaving it to our shameful red tops, is just asking for trouble, even the BBC were trapped into making fun of the issue when Jeremy Vine was presenting his morning programme last Friday. His ill - disguised contempt for the research did little to promote any hope of a sensible discussion on a topic that has long troubled the nation.

A million miles away from the dreaded booze, although not entirely is the magical world of golf, or so it seemed after the heroics of the European team who were high handsome winners of the Ryder Cup at the expense of a strangely less committed USA. I was struck by the abrasive marketing of the game, but baulked at the idea of the game being open to all youngsters in Scotland who if you were to believe the publicity just have to present themselves at any club, and off you go on your way to instant fame and fortune. Not so, particularly if the club in question happens to be stuffy, up market Gleneagles. We have a long way to go before golf becomes open to all.

If you needed further proof, the self - indulgent, posturing celebrities at last week’s Alfred Dunhill Links championship played at Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews said it all.