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a sobering thought

A thought or idea which is dispiriting, depressing, or traumatic. It's a sobering thought when you consider how many people go without clean water every day.
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I t is a sobering thought that as you are reading this, there are carers up and down the country who each day are edging ever closer to breaking point but are simply too fearful to let go of their loved ones, even for a few days.
It is a sobering thought but I learned at a meeting of the local commissioning group that someone with mental illness can live a shorter life.
HERE'S a sobering thought for some drinkers - the price of a pint in London is 25% more than in other areas.
Right now, 58 million primary school age girls have no schooling and here's a sobering thought, did you know a child whose mother can read is 50 per cent more likely to live past age five?
That is a sobering thought on this first day of Ramadan -- one that should inspire us to reflect on our present condition: What we have and what these unfortunate 60 million must do without, each and every day for the foreseeable future.
It's a rather sobering thought that all those years ago both Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle were right and Edward Heath was wrong apropos precisely where the UK fits into the EU jigsaw.
IT'S a sobering thought to learn that one in nine adults in Yorkshire have been targeted by fraudsters over the last year - and even more surprising that people aged 25 to 34 are most likely to report being a victim.
It's a sobering thought that one in five women in Ireland experiences abuse in relationships and a national survey found almost 60% of those who had experienced severe abuse in intimate relationships first encountered it when they were under 25.
But the fact that alcohol causes 29 deaths, around 1 in 20 of all deaths, every week in Wales is, yes, a sobering thought.
That the number of people with this terrible illness is set to rise by 50% in the next 15 years is a sobering thought, as is the fact that more people in the North East are suffering than other parts of the country.
It is a sobering thought that PS16 of the rise is due to people who are not paying their bills.
Not only did these men make the ultimate sacrifice to keep Britain supplied during the war but, in these modern times of "compo this and compo that", with countries like Greece raising the subject of war reparations from Germany to help alleviate its ongoing debt crises, and former arrestees from worldwide conflicts queuing up to sue the MoD for treatment they received decades ago, it is a very sobering thought that once a merchant ship was sunk in any ocean of the world, that crew was taken off pay immediately.
SOBERING THOUGHT Young adults don't have cash for booze
30pm It's a sobering thought for many of us who grew up watching Chris Packham on The Really Wild Show, but he has been a TV regular for more than 25 years.
A sip of wine with a meal is one thing, but the long-term damage of getting drunk at 10 should serve as a sobering thought.