By Majed Iqbal- A committee of MP’s have urged and recommended in a New Report that drinkers should have at least two alcohol-free days a week. The report has raised concerns on drinking habits and believes that Binge Drinking could be tackled with the new proposals by limiting the amount of units consumed daily.
The group of MP’s have argued that there is simply not much information out there to allow people to make responsible decisions about alcohol.
The Science and Technology Committee ruled out any health benefits of consuming alcohol for a better heart.
Whilst some people will welcome the debate on tackling the rising tide of alcohol consumption which keeps the 999 service of the police and Hospital emergency Services busy on Friday and Saturday nights, there are some issues which simply do not add up.
The committee of MP’s are simply arguing that the public should be more readily informed about unit consumption but are not proposing enforcement of such rules. The Alcohol industry is worth billions in the UK, bringing in big revenue for government. So a slap on the hand isnt exactly bringing any harm to anyone.
In this same spirit of viewing Society through Pounds and sterling and not through resolving issues affecting people and society at large, the government is more worried about the pressing burden of alcohol abuse on the NHS.
The “Alcohol Needs Assessment Research” Report, published in November 2006, identified that £217 million was spent in 2003-4 by Primary Care Trusts and local authorities to support alcohol treatment in England. In the “Statistics on Alcohol: England, 2011” Report it was estimated that the
cost of alcohol related harm to the NHS in England was £2.7 billion.
The government has to balance the books. More revenue from Alcohol industry- Thumbs up. But money going down the drain through NHS on treating alcohol related issues- manageable but needs to be cut down.
In Islam alcohol is completely forbidden as the effects of alcohol upon the individual and society are devastating. Abu Darda narrates that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said
“Don’t drink wine for it is the key to every evil” [Tirmidhi]
Islam does not view life through Financial lens. It therefore has prohibited any earnings through the Alcohol Industry and any post associated with it without any hesitation and re-directed people to other forms of acquiring wealth through employment or trade.
Anas ibn Malik narrates that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ cursed ten people in connection with wine: the wine-presser, the one who has it pressed, the one who drinks it, the one who conveys it, the one to whom it is conveyed, the one who serves it, the one who sells it, the one who benefits from the price paid for it, the one who buys it, and the one for whom it is bought. [Tirmidhi]
There is also no case for consuming alcohol in its pure form at pubs, parties or at home citing health benefit reasons except where alcohol is in minimal amounts in existing medication and there is no other alternative
Umm Salamah (Ra), the wife of the Prophet reports that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said
“Allah has not placed a cure for your diseases in things that He has forbidden for you” [Baihaqi]
A future Islamic government for the Muslim world would finish off this destructive trade and focus on other forms of revenue generation for the Economy. A stark contrast to Casino Capitalism where lives are of minimal importance when compared to profit clearly seen in the half-hearted report by the committee of MP’s