alcohol-guidelines

Moderate drinking lowers heart disease risk – if it’s consistent

Unstable drinking patterns over time may be associated with a higher risk of heart disease, whereas consistent moderate drinking within…

The problem with the public health message on alcohol

Christopher Snowdon recently wrote about an exchange of e-mails between Public Health England (PHE) and the Sheffield University group that…

1 Dec 2017

The new drinking guidelines are based on massaged evidence

When the Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies, lowered the drinking guidelines for men last year, she cited a report from the Sheffield…

30 Oct 2017

Half of middle-aged men ‘problem drinkers’? This is a new era of hysteria

Middle-aged men are at mortal risk from the demon drink and don’t even know it, according to a recent press…

18 May 2016

No wonder Britain’s alcohol guidelines are so extreme – just look at who drafted them

I’ve been reading the minutes of the meetings held by the committee that reviewed the alcohol guidelines recently. You may…

25 Feb 2016

Spectator debate: Can we trust health advice?

It was a close fight. Both sides at Tuesday night’s debate at IET London seemed to accept that trust in…

12 Feb 2016

The great alcohol cover-up: how public health hid the truth about drinking

The text below is the basis of a talk given by Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute…

10 Feb 2016

Simon Jenkins is wrong about France and booze: its state is just as much a nanny as ours is

In a piece for the Guardian the journalist Simon Jenkins has argued that the state should leave people alone regarding…

10 Jan 2016