Raise a glass to health

October 29, 2009

How daft for Ann Widdecombe to suggest a link between a free drink for students attending sexual health clinics and binge drinking (The week in higher education, 15 October). As an undergraduate 45 years ago, I attended my first blood-donor session with the promise of a free bottle of Guinness - an amount hardly likely to encourage binge drinking. What this freebie did was start a habit of donating blood, which I have done regularly ever since. If similar behaviour in relation to sexual health can be encouraged by a similar incentive, we should go for it.

Peter B. Baker, London.

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