Having written a misdirected, rage-filled post, I have decided to take it down and to consider the issue a little more closely.
But I do think, if they disagree with the pronouncements of the patronising BMA, that doctors need to shout about that fact.
Perhaps we could start a website—http://thebmadoesnotspeakforme.com?—which doctors can sign up to, as a protest against the bastards.
UPDATE: Dr Crippen has pointed out that my outburst was, just possibly, a little but too broad. The good doctor has, in fact, criticised the BMA here, here, here and here, for example.
UPDATE 2: veteran blogger The Pedant-General—whose wife, incidentally, has been busyt launching her new Genius gluten-free bread—emails to ask if your humble Devil is ghost-writing for The Daily Mash...
As the British Medical Association called for a ban on thinking about alcohol, experts said it was time to start planning for a doctor-free society.
Professor Henry Brubaker, of the Institute for Studies, said: "Once again the BMA is talking about alcohol being a threat to 'public' health as if that's an actual thing.
"There is 'my' health, which is 'mine', and 'your' health which is 'yours', but there is no 'our' health. D'you see?
"And while there are individuals who can't handle their sherbert, why not deal with them as individuals instead of constantly demanding a tax on anything that hasn't already been banned and generally getting on my tits?"
The answer is, of course, that I am not ghost-writing for The Mash, but I do applaud every word of that amusing article. Especially that bit about telling your GP to "go piss up a rope"...