Miller on beer

March 17th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Neil Miller writes in the HoS on 10 benefits of drinking :

  1. Beer lessens the constant anxiety of watching the Black Caps bat.
  2. After beer, Gareth Morgan’s constant lectures become slightly less annoying.
  3. Beer enables people to hold strong opinions on every issue without resorting to research.
  4. Without beer, no one would date in the provinces.
  5. Television beer ads employ all young Kiwi actors not talented enough to be on Shortland Street.
  6. The Government gets lots of money from beer through excise tax, GST and company tax on anyone who manages to make a profit.
  7. Frank Zappa said “You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team or some nuclear weapons.” Without beer, New Zealand would only be half a real country.
  8. The late-night takeaway food industry depends on beer for patronage.
  9. Beer production provides the main ingredient in Marmite.
  10. Drinking a frosty beer annoys President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Professor Doug Sellman.

Heh, an excellent list.

Another HoS article focuses on the drop in beer consumption in NZ.

Statistics NZ figures reveal beer sales have dropped from 181 litres per adult in 1973 to 79 litres last year. This figure marks the lowest level of beer sales since World War II.

But what about the drinking crisis in NZ?

And before you claim people are just drinking more of other alcoholic products, overall alcohol production is down also.

 

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22 Responses to “Miller on beer”

  1. alex Masterley (1,517 comments) says:

    Beer?
    Well why not.
    Cold frosty mmmmm.

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  2. Psycho Milt (2,412 comments) says:

    But what about the drinking crisis in NZ?

    Oh, there’s a drinking crisis alright. Having had huge success in their campaign against smokers, the nation’s professional know-besters have moved on to a new campaign against drinkers. It’s not showing too much yet because the current govt pays more attention to industry lobbyists than to the lobbyists it funds itself (and don’t go thinking I’m not grateful for that, current govt), but the moment a Labour/Greens govt gets in the taxpayer-funded wowser lobbyists will be in the ascendency – then the crisis will really show itself.

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  3. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    beer should be plain packaged.

    Oh the harm that alcohol causes.

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  4. Psycho Milt (2,412 comments) says:

    Also: I’m drinking a lot more beer than I did 20 years ago, courtesy of having a lot more money. Which means, if our average consumption as a nation has fallen, a lot of you out there aren’t pulling your weight. According to the linked article, we now rank behind Americans in terms of beer consumption. Americans! This country can maintain its honour with beer consumption lower than true afficionados like the Czechs, Germans and Irish – but Americans? Oh, the shame….

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  5. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    “After beer, Gareth Morgan’s constant lectures become slightly less annoying.”

    Brilliant! I’m going to have a cold beer, lie back, and gamble to my hearts content with a bit of Trackside TV this afternoon.
    The Greens and Gareth ‘Expert on Everything’ Morgan would be horrified this is how I spend my Sunday.
    My cat even may join me on the sofa…

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  6. Colville (2,269 comments) says:

    St Paddys day today (lil Bros B day!)…and I will be leaning on a bar in 30 minutes time! Maybe 6 pints of London Pride then some form of greaseburger on the way home…:-)

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  7. All_on_Red (1,583 comments) says:

    Off topic but in the spirit of St Pats day.
    Sister Mary joined the Nunnery. Since she was quite naive the Mother Superior thought it would be a good idea for her to do the shopping in town. The first couple of times she was very late. The Mother Superior was a bit concerned but didnt want to destroy her confidence so decided to go with her next time.
    As they were driving into town , a Traffic cop put his lights on and asked them to pull over. The MS thought it was odd as Mary was driving fine.
    As they looked at the cop approaching the car they saw him unzip his fly.
    Sister Mary turned to the Mother Superior and said ” Oh Lord no, not another Breathalyser”

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  8. Grizz (605 comments) says:

    When I was younger it was all about the quantity. Now its about the quality. I now drink a lot less but overall pay more for my total alcohol.

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  9. Johnboy (16,597 comments) says:

    “Also: I’m drinking a lot more beer than I did 20 years ago, courtesy of having a lot more money.”

    I thought your recent posts had indicated a turn to the capitalist side of the force! :)

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  10. pq (728 comments) says:

    After beer, Gareth Morgan’s constant lectures become slightly less annoying.
    hah ha
    go to
    http://garethmorgan tax. blogspot.co.nz/

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  11. pq (728 comments) says:

    that is
    http://garethmorgantax.blogspot.co.nz/

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  12. Johnboy (16,597 comments) says:

    Yu phissed qp! :)

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  13. nasska (11,534 comments) says:

    TOP TEN REASONS WHY BEER IS BETTER THAN RELIGION

    10. No one will kill you for not drinking beer.
    9. Beer doesn’t tell you how to have sex.
    8. Beer has never caused a major war.
    7. They don’t force beer on minors who can’t think for themselves.
    6. When you have beer, you don’t knock on people’s doors trying to give it away.
    5. Nobody’s ever been burned at the stake, hanged, or tortured to
    death over his brand of beer.
    4. You don’t have to wait 2,000+ years for a second beer.
    3. There are laws saying that beer labels can’t lie to you.
    2. You can prove you have a beer.
    1. If you have devoted your life to beer, there are groups to help you stop.

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  14. Viking2 (11,471 comments) says:

    Any rain amoung the beer drops down your way Naaska?

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  15. Psycho Milt (2,412 comments) says:

    I thought your recent posts had indicated a turn to the capitalist side of the force!

    No danger of me working in the private sector again anytime soon, I assure you. No doubt the nation’s employers are not rending their garments at this news…

    When you have beer, you don’t knock on people’s doors trying to give it away.

    Now, that would be an evangelist you’d welcome on your doorstep, wouldn’t it? “So, you’re saying I should stop drinking Tui and try this Emersons’ Bookbinder you’re leaving with me? I certainly will sir, thank you very much. And also you’re leaving me this copy of The Watchtower? Sure, whatever.”

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  16. nasska (11,534 comments) says:

    Not a drop so far where I am V2…..it’s raining up in the Tararuas but nothing has spread east.

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  17. GJM (62 comments) says:

    Obviously they don’t count home brew in those stats. My beer consumption has rocketed up since I started getting into home brew. I don’t think the cost savings have eventuated

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  18. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Beer is good for you.

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  19. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    Weird having a post about beer on a Tory blog.

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  20. gump (1,649 comments) says:

    @hamnidaV2

    It’s weird that people are still using the term Tories in the 21st century.

    People are people.

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  21. Anthony (796 comments) says:

    Beer has gone upmarket hamnida – get with the times!

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  22. Shazzadude (529 comments) says:

    How about the total alcohol content? There were no 8% Cody’s being sold out of corner dairies in lower socio-economic areas in 1973.

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