Re: '...targeting the price would help cut down on the unsafe levels of consumption.'
One only has to look at job situations, employment opportunities
We're a very long way away from labours depression in terms of the economic cycle; most millennial's have simply not known a real recession during their working lives. The jobless rate is as low as its been for generations. The young, economically, have never had it so good. Housing is a bit of a piss in the pint of life for them, yes, but that's not significantly more difficult than its been for every post-boomer generation.
the political atmosphere
Politicians never agree. The government try to govern and the opposition oppose that. Twas ever thus....
the world has the war drums beating again
The world has always been at war. No recent generation has ever lived in peace, nor have they ever known a year when the bullets weren't flying.
there's a helluva lot of stress
I'm sure the war generation would have managed prevalent stress levels the youth contend with today. In fact, I'm sure they dealt with far worse; often without complaint. Yes, there is stress, I don't want to gloss over that, but it's hardly some modern peak of stress.
When there is no hope of a better life, alcohol is what people fall back on.
Education has never been more accessible, more up to date, or more varied in scope than it is today. The same for training. Anyone that cannot fashion themselves a better life need only gaze upon the problem in the mirror.
This is one of the greatest periods to have been alive in all of human history. We've had relative peace in the UK for generations now - not since the days of WWII has anyone tried to invade us. People who want to ignore all of the possibilities will find they fail to achieve a better life, but that does not mean the possibilities were not there.
raising the price [of alcohol] won't change things.
On that we agree. At least in positive terms. What it may do is push some struggling addicts off the legal track due to affordability constraints; if they could quit they'd not really be addicts. That will lead to petty crime such as shoplifting etc or worse still the reduction of money available to cloth & feed addicts children post-addiction spend.
Pricing an addict out of the market doesn't really work; addiction isn't price sensitive.