Sunday Telegraph: Middle-class drinkers in their homes are as bad as riotous youths, says bishop

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Rt Rev John Gladwin, the Bishop of Chelmsford, criticised the double-standards he claims exist in the attitudes of more affluent sections of society towards Britain's "binge-drinking" culture.

He argued that they could not condemn teenagers' behaviour if they are getting drunk themselves, and claimed that they are ultimately responsible for the rise in alcoholism.

His comments follow the release of official figures that show one in four adults are putting their health at risk by drinking too much and that 360,000 11 to 15 year-olds get drunk every week.

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Posted June 19, 2009 at 6:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. rugbyplayingpriest wrote:

shame he is not so firm when it comes to defending doctrine, preaching the gospel and espousing Christian values…I will stick to my middle classed, booze sipping Catholicism methinks!

June 19, 12:36 pm | [comment link]
2. Jeffersonian wrote:

Is not drinking after a good match even allowed, RPP?  It was the thing I most looked forward to after a turn on the pitch.

June 19, 9:29 pm | [comment link]
3. libraryjim wrote:

I thought the medical evidence was that one to two glasses of red wine a day was very good for the heart?  Is this a case of the social gospel going against proven science (he asked with tongue planted firmly in cheek)?

June 20, 4:06 pm | [comment link]
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