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Prisons are officially full, hospital staff are being told to take their lunch left-overs home in order to save on rubbish collection, and now we face being stacked one on top of the other when we're dead. It's enough to make you reach for a bottle of nicely chilled rosé.

But hang on a moment - have you completed the card pasted on the fridge door detailing exactly how many units you've consumed this week? And if you can't remember what on earth you were doing last night, put that corkscrew back in the drawer and start evaluating the mess you've got yourself in.

I can't really believe that one in six of us have an unhealthy relationship with the bottle. Nevertheless, the government feels that the wine-drinking middle-classes form a large part of Britain's 8 million "problem" drinkers, and so we are going to be targeted in a joint initiative (how I loathe that word) by the Home Office and the Department of Health. Yes, the Department of Health, who messed up doctors' contracts, who claimed that mixed-sex wards had been phased out when they hadn't, and who are insisting on installing a computer system for patients' records that experts predict is bound to fail.

These are the people who are going to lecture us on our drinking, when they can't even balance their books or do more than put a bit of curtaining between elderly men and women when they are sick. And we're also being targeted by the Home Office - the "not fit for purpose" establishment that doesn't even know how many immigrants are living in Britain but does know how many of us are exceeding the ridiculous guidelines of 14 units of alcohol a week for women and 21 for men.

By the way, we have the fattest schoolchildren in Europe, but the Department of Health hasn't felt ready to launch an "initiative" with the Department of Education to fund compulsory sport every single day in all schools up and down the land.

The 10-year action plan to change our drinking culture announced this week identifies three groups of problem drinkers - children, 18- to 24-year-old bingers, and "harmful" older boozers who drink at home. Actually, those three groups more or less sum up 90 per cent of the British population.

There should be stricter enforcement of the law banning the sale of alcohol to kids, but public health advertisements will not change habits one iota. Taxing drink won't make any difference, either - punitive pricing hasn't deterred cigarette smokers.

The government has allowed councils to extend the hours people can drink, and increased the number of licensed premises. There's been no crackdown on "happy hours", and primary care trusts have not received extra funds to help alcoholics. The government has had a relaxed attitude towards the drinks industry, not enforcing warnings on labelling and still allows them to sponsor sports events.

The only way to stop people drinking to excess is via education and support at primary school. By the age of 11, it's too late. Binge-drinkers who continue to drink heavily throughout their middle years may or may not become alcoholics. If they do, then the NHS should be equipped to provide support, counselling and aftercare.

There is a huge difference between an alcoholic and a heavy drinker. Alcoholics won't stop until they want to. Heavy drinkers don't expect the government to intrude into their lives.

could you tell me what the article is being said.could you do summary?

thanks for replies.....
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Hi,

could you tell me what the article is being said. It's a long article. Can you highlight the parts that you don't understand?

could you do summary? It's better if you try, and then post your work here so that we can help you with comments.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hotel rooms are full with people that having a problem with drinking.It’s enough to make you reach for a bottle of wine.

The card is on the fridge that it check your how much you use up drinking on a week.If you don’t remember what you do the day before,now you should stop drinking and do evaluation.

They don’t believe,that they have unhealty relationship with drinking bottle.But government explains,8 million people are problematic drinking in Britain.And they say “we are being targeted by The Home Office and The Department of Health.”

Some people give them lecture about alchol.The Home Office and The Department of Healt,that it doesn’t know how many immigrants live in Britain,explains how much alchol is being used up from women and men on a week.The author thinks,it is a funny thing.

On the changing drinking culture at the coming 10 years,have 3 problematic group about drinking.These are;children,18-to 24-year old bingers and “harmful” older boozer who drink at home.And they form %90 in Britain people.

However,the law that it prohibits taking drinking from children,must be more unbending.Healty advertisiments don’t wake effect or taxing drink won’t make any difference.

Government didn’t invest for helping alcholic people.Broozy people is stopped with education.And it have to be in primary school.



i wrote this summary but i think it has alot of mistakes.could you read and correct my mistakes?
Hi,

Here's my very quick summary, for you to compare to yours.

A lot of this article is in the form of examples and illustrations, eg the card on the fridge. These can all be omitted in a summary. You're right that the writer is trying to write about this in a humorous style.

The government says that people who drink wine are a large part of Britain's problem drinkers, so the government's Home Office and Dept. of Health are going to focus on wine-drinkers to improve the situation. However, both of these govt. bodies have already shown that they are incompetent. They have a 10-year action plan,but the government is nort really serious about trying to discourage drinking. What they should do is make children understand the dangers of drinking. With adults, the government should only address serious alcoholism, and should not interfere with people's right to drink heavily if they want to.

Best wishes, Clive
thank you for summary......
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