As 2015 is winding down and we are gearing up for another, new year – a significant one for IOGT International – I want to spend a moment or two and reflect about the IOGT year 2015…
In the last week, it was reported in the news that one big charity called Comic Relief has been investing millions of pounds in funds with shares in tobacco, alcohol and arms firms. Comic Relief has raised nearly £1bn and holds tens of millions of pounds at any one time.
When was the last time I saw a prominent editor in a large newspaper discuss alcohol in a “I-just-gave-up-drinking” kind of manner? I couldn’t recall a single one. Living free from alcohol is quite a usual thing, amounting to some 24% of the population in the London area, according to a 2011 report. But still the topic is rarely discussed or seldom an issue in the papers or on TV. Why is that so?