If you’re squeamish don’t read this article. It reports the disturbing rise of female binge drinking in the UK, and of course, the attendant rise in unwanted pregnancies, abortion and sexually transmitted infections.

G.K.Chesterton said “Every argument is a theological argument.” Behind alcoholism is despair and behind despair is the lack of anything to live for, and behind the lack of anything to live for is the absence of belief and behind the absence of belief is atheism. The atheism of the Soviet system eventually brought it tumbling down, and one of the main reasons for its demise was alcoholism of epidemic proportions.

It has been my opinion for some time that the spirit of atheism and drunken despair that infested Eastern Europe has simply moved West. Ironic that during the Cold War what we feared was an invasion of Western Europe from the Communist East. Now it’s happened, but it was a spiritual invasion not a military one.