Turning Wine Into Water… To ‘Protect’ Middle Classes


Health ministers have come up with a brilliantly ridiculous new plan to ‘water down’ wine in a bid to tackle the issues of ‘excessive’ wine drinking amongst the middle classes.

Yes, they have become so concerned about the amount of wine people are putting into their bodies that they have called for EU wine rules to be changed.

A bit drastic don’t you think? Good luck with that making any difference whatsoever.

Wine is to be redefined so it includes drinks that contain little or no alcohol at all and supermarkets and retailers are being encouraged to stock more low-alcohol products.

I have to say when I first read about this it angered me. Not only because it seems to be the return of the Nanny State, but also because it is yet another stupid ‘guideline’ put in place to try and control what we do.

Yeah I know it may sound a bit dramatic, but let’s look at it this way, if people want to drink wine then they are going to do it. It’s just like smoking. Putting the prices up aren’t going to make people suddenly think “Oh no, an extra 50 pence, right that’s it I’m giving up”. You have to WANT to do it.

Reducing alcohol content is not going to ‘protect’ those seemingly pesky middle class drinkers. It’s going to do nothing. Unless people want to drink less. And if that is the case then I’m pretty sure they can make that decision all by themselves without more rubbish pointless regulations.

What’s wrong with having a nice glass of wine when you return home from a hard day at work anyway? Or when you’ve had a good day at work? Or just because you fancy a glass of wine? I don’t see a problem. I’m not talking about getting trashed. Just a civilised glass of wine.

Well everything apparently. And the reason this is aimed at the middle classes is because according to research, the likelihood of indulging in a drink or two on a regular occasion is much higher among the middle classes than the lower classes due to having a higher income.


Health ministers are pressing for the minimum alcohol content in still wines to be reduced from the current 8.5 per cent to 4.5 per cent alcohol-by-volume (ABV).

Yet this can still be classed as wine. Pffft.

But the latest EU negotiations have failed to agree on redefining wines to include non-alcoholic drinks after strong opposition from other wine-making countries such as Italy, France and Portugal.


Critics have argued that this campaign will anger many wine drinkers after already having faced tax rises above inflation on their beverages over the past five years.

But according to the current health minister Earl Howe, the demand for low or non-alcoholic beverages has become increasingly popular over the past few years.

Although on average, alcohol consumption has already been steadily falling since 2004.

But despite this however, a recent study showed that only 29 per cent of us actually pay attention to the alcohol content in a drink. Which surely makes this campaign a bit pointless?

Yet Mr Howe still demands that there be a change to the rules across the whole of Europe to get this ridiculous plan set up.

He insists that this will be in the ‘best long term interests’ for customers following the concerns over the rise in liver diseases and cancers that have been linked with alcohol consumption.

I understand this. But it doesn’t mean we need to be spoon fed what is apparently good for us. Which is effectively what is happening.

And I wonder how much they will charge for this… Something tells me it’s not going to be half the price of normal table wines.

It makes me wonder whether this is just another attempt for these ministers to try and justify their salaries and convince themselves that they are doing something worth while.

I, for one will certainly not be drinking any watery so-called wine.

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