Break out the pitchforks! Beverage despot Michael Bloomberg is trying to restrict another potable, and this time it’s one New Yorkers love even more than soda: booze. Well, either that or the city Health Department is planning on conducting a phone survey. That’s right! The venerable upholders of responsible journalism at the Post got the hot tip that the Health Department is going to be routinely calling New York City residents with a questionnaire about how much alcohol we imbibe. The Post decries, “Having attacked smoking, trans fats and sugary drinks, the Bloomberg administration is ramping up its campaign against alcohol abuse.”

For their part, spokesman Sam Miller said on behalf of the New York City Health Department, “We routinely conduct surveys about important health issues to learn more about them, and underage and excessive drinking are serious health issues.”

It’s important to be wary of overreaching nanny-state policies, of course. But it’s also important not to get swept up in the frenzy of a witch hunt. Let’s all take a deep breath and answer the Health Department’s 50 questions. Whoa. Fifty questions on a routine survey? That is a lot…

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