Middle-class drinkers in homes ‘as bad as riotous youths’

June 14th, 2009 - 4:19 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 14 (ANI): Middle-class drinkers in homes are as bad as havoc wreaking youths on the streets, a senior bishop has said.

The Rt Rev John Gladwin, the Bishop of Chelmsford slammed Britain’s “binge-drinking” culture, saying drunk teenagers could not be condemned for their behaviour if the well-heeled section of the society got drunk themselves and fuelled the rise in alcoholism.

“Often poorer people in society haven’t got the protection - the safety of jobs and homes - so when young people do go out clubbing it’s all very public, whereas for older people you can collapse at home at the weekend and have levels of alcohol consumption that are just as bad,” The Telegraph quoted him as saying.

He added: “People in the middle-classes have got into habits of high levels of alcohol consumption without thinking through the implications for the whole community.

“They can’t turn around and complain about another generation who, with cheap alcohol and easy access to it, are doing the same but more publicly.”

The bishop’s comments came after the release of official figures which depict that one in four adults in the UK risked their health by excessive drinking and that 360,000 11 to 15 year-olds get drunk every week. (ANI)

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