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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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Headmaster Robert Robinson said: "To realise that, within months of the 1914 photo being taken, the boys would go on to witness the horrors of WW1 and half of them would lose their lives is a very sobering thought.
This is a sobering thought for other producers currently sitting on shut-in production capacity and facing a renewed challenge to their market share.
It's a sobering thought that but for the TV licence a cultured series like the Proms would never be freely available to a Philistine like me.
It is a sobering thought that almost a third of the animals featured in the book are endangered and some are even threatened with extinction.
It's a sobering thought to contemplate that the council has had its budget virtually halved since 2010 and is now expected to find a further PS46m of cuts by 2019/20.
It's a sobering thought that one in two people born after 1960 are likely to get cancer in their lifetime.
One final sobering thought, 37,000 EU citizens living over here were convicted of crimes in 2015.
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.
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 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