Following today’s discussion on an addiction study I have realised that I must have an addition.
For the last 2 months I have been painfully addicted to a horrendous substance – not drinking (except for this one intervention that was staged about 3 weeks ago).
It has had all the negative impacts associated with addiction:
- It has visibly negatively impacted on my health – I have had the flu a few times after all,
- The longer I haven’t drunk the harder it has been to go out and drink (a sure sign of addiction, and in conjunction with funky discounting this could lead to time inconsistency),
- It has caused externalities (namely my complaining to other people).
All I know is that I’m personally concerned about this addiction, and I’ll be doing what I can to solve it tonight. Even so, can the government really trust an irrational agent like me to drink enough?
Given this I think I need some government intervention. How about the government subsidises my alcohol and the Law Commission pushes for the regulation of alcohol towards me.
Note: The only parties I’m making fun of in this post are the government, the Law Commission, and myself (for not drinking for 9 weeks) – not any of the economic analysts.
And don’t try to convince me not drinking isn’t an addiction – I seriously have been struggling to break it!