I just read the latest online email from The Drinks Business" and their first article was a warning to the UK drinks business of the new WHO policy on how to reduce alcohol consumption. That old phrase “The nanny state” so often used by independently minded adults should now read “The nanny World Health organisation.”
I started skim reading it and reached the section marked “Action plan”…the first point is
"Proposed actions for Member States
On the basis of the evidence of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of policy measures, to promote the prioritization, according to national needs and contexts, of the sustainable implementation, continued enforcement, monitoring and evaluation of high-impact cost-effective policy options included in the WHO SAFER technical package,4 as well as other interventions already proven to be cost-effective or subsequently proven to be cost-effective based on upcoming evidence, including the assurance of universal access to affordable treatment and care for people with AUDs within national health systems."
I had visions of a Sir Humphrey Appleby lookalike sitting in a large glass office trying to ensure that he wrote the longest sentence in human history. By the final line I was gasping for grammatical air.
I shall continue to read the prolix “holier than thou” rhetoric that pervades the WHO plan. I suppose the object is to ensure us drinkers “liver longer life…”