alcohol

Alcohol after exercise ‘disrupts your body’s efforts to recover’

Drinking a few beers after exercise may be highly satisfying but, according to a new study, it also appears to…

Study ‘proves alcohol causes cancer’. The problem? There wasn’t a study

A new study has proved that alcohol causes cancer according to the front pages of the Guardian and the i…

22 Jul 2016

Longer opening hours were a complete success. How did the experts get it so wrong?

A House of Lords committee is currently conducting a review of the 2003 Licensing Act, aka ’24-hour drinking’. I gave…

22 Jul 2016

At 19, heavy drinking was the only one way I could prepare for University Challenge

Our opponents were already in the studio looking brainy and sober

4 Jun 2016

The alcohol wars rumble on: light drinking ‘has no health benefits’

The health benefits of moderate drinking have been exaggerated, research carried out at the University of Victoria in Canada has…

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

Moderate drinkers are less likely to suffer heart attacks than teetotallers

People who drink regularly are less prone to heart failure and heart attacks than teetotallers, according to research by Imre…

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

Weighing up your cancer risk every time you drink isn’t rational — it’s miserable

Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, has issued some seemingly autobiographical advice to the worried well of Britain. At…

3 Feb 2016

I tried a ‘dry January’ — and now I can’t imagine ever drinking again

Alcohol is firmly woven into the fabric of society. It can bind people together, break down barriers and generally grease…

14 Jan 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

Behind the anti-booze hysteria is one very dodgy fact

One headline stood out in the hysteria over booze and hospital admissions yesterday… ‘Three in four people in A&E at…

23 Dec 2015

Bad habits of ‘Western lifestyle’ blamed for rise of cancer in the developing world

Cancer is becoming more common in the developing world because of the proliferation of a ‘Western lifestyle’, according to a…

Don’t believe scientists who say all drinking is bad. Light boozing has strong benefits

Alcohol consumption has been a part of most human cultures since prehistoric times. While drinking practices vary by culture, ranging…

11 Dec 2015

Mouth cancers are on the rise. Here is how to stop them

According to figures released by Cancer Research UK, oral cancer is now the tenth most common cancer in men and…

Women who drink beer in moderation ‘reduce their risk of a heart attack’

Women who drink moderate amounts of beer lower their risk of a heart attack by 30 per cent, according to…

Moderate drinking does increase breast cancer risk — but the headlines have skewed the story

Having just one drink a day significantly increases the risk of breast cancer, a major study has found. The study,…

20 Aug 2015

Stop boozing after four drinks? The public health people just don’t want us to have fun

Nothing better sums up the out-of-touchness of public health prigs than the debate about so-called binge drinking. To these teetotal,…

6 Aug 2015

The myth of the ‘middle class drink epidemic’

With alcohol consumption falling every year for over a decade it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain the myth that…

24 Jul 2015

Why public health zealots are wasting their time complaining about advertising

The belief that advertising is designed to sell more of a product, as opposed to selling more of a certain…

9 Jul 2015

What you need to know about ‘alcohol-related deaths’

The latest figures for alcohol-related hospital admissions were published last month and, over at the Alcohol Policy blog, James Morris lamented…

2 Jul 2015

‘Health guidelines’ are about forcing a change in the law, not changing behaviour

According to the Daily Mail, the NHS intends to ‘slash safe drinking limits’. The article is light on evidence, but…

29 Jun 2015

Stop telling us that minimum alcohol pricing ‘works in Canada’. It’s nonsense

One of the abiding myths about minimum pricing for alcohol is that there is real world evidence from Canada that…

26 Jun 2015