February 28, 2012
Just an aside, when I was living in the Barossa in the late 90s/early 00s and working with the local winemakers, a friend of mine worked next to the regional venue for Alcoholics Anonymous. On occasion, she worked late and caught sight of those attending. She was admirably discreet, but did say that I would be absolutely astounded by the identity of many of the attendees. (Did anyone see that elephant, or was that just me?)
Not sure if I'm one of the people you referred to as disagreeing with you, but I was sceptical about the idea of banning the large glasses as a solution. I do completely agree however, that “education” is useless. It presumes a “we-know-better-than-you” approach. We ALL need educating about the motivations we all have for drinking more (and selling more, despite the potential outcomes).
Ultimately, however, it does come down to a more open & frank discussion about the benefits and costs of (moderate) consumption, and the implication of this, but in a way that encourages, rather than discourages, the notion of responsibility on all parties.
This is not education, this is simply all of us growing up, and education happens on the way!