According to UK government figures, the cost to the National Health Service of treating drink-related problems  has reached almost £3bn a year.

(That’s a lot of money.  Seemingly, in 2011 there were around 200,000 hospital admissions with patients suffering alcohol-related conditions – 40 per cent more than in 2003 – while the number of people treated for extreme drunkenness more than doubled to 18,500.   I’m happy to say that the worst thing that has ever happened to me under the influence, is a, well deserved, hangover.)