Pre-loading and heavy drinking are not synonymous

The Sand Pit

Here’s a tale of two headlines:


The above is from an interview with Duncan Garner on the AM show and the below by Michael Daly from Fairfax, talking about the same report.


A bizarre interview with Dr Nicki Jackson on the AM show

Yesterday Alcohol Healthwatch’s Dr Nicki Jackson was on the AM show to talk about a recent study on pre-loading behaviour, heavy drinking and drink prices.

Watch the video. No really, this one’s worth watching just to observe how quickly the interview veers off track from the evidence found in the study, to random policy recommendations that have nothing to do with the study’s findings.

I’m using the term ‘interview’ loosely here. More accurately, it was a pleasant conversation between two like-minded individuals affirming each other’s pre-conceived beliefs.

The interview was based on a study that compared the drinking behaviour of 25 different countries including NZ. Well,  kind of…

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Utopia - you are standing in it promotes a classical liberal view of the world and champion the mass flourishing of humanity through capitalism and the rule of law. The origin of the blog is explained in the first blog post at

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