Monday, 12 November 2012

Some Studies Don't Mean Much

Some folks went and did a big study of drinking out in Finland.  Around 55k folks were surveyed for a fair amount of time, and the study came to this conclusion for Finnish drinkers....if you lived within walking distance of a pub or drinking tended to drink excessively.

Some folks in the US took this study and hinted very strongly that the same could be said of American drinkers....if you lived near a pub, bar or probably were capable of excessive drinking.

I paused and pondered over this.  Finland is an odd area to conduct a drinking survey.  Most Europeans would suggest that Finns tend to drink whether the bar is half a mile away or six miles away.  Finns drink daily.  Finns tend to drink when they are happy, or sad.  In general....Finns just drink.

Here's the deal about drinking in a pub around the corner from your house or apartment.  If you want to drink and avoid a DWI....the best deal is to drink near your home and then just walk home.  It doesn't matter if you live in Miami, London, or makes sense to have your drinks nearby and then walk home.

My guess is that the survey folks wanted to demonstrate something or make a commentary.  But the truth picked an odd topic that has other factors tied to it.  They just couldn't tie those factors into their statistics though.  So you end up with a long report....with limited end-results.

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