Minimum pricing won’t end alcoholism – it will make the addiction more deadly

So the Scotch Whisky Association’s challenge to minimum pricing has failed and the last good reason to stay in the…

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…

Chicago repeals unpopular sugar tax. Is it doomed to fail in Britain, too?

When nanny state campaigners talk about sugar taxes, they love to mention Berkeley, California. In 2014, the people of Berkeley…

Ignore the headlines: Czechs aren’t the ‘unhealthiest people in the world’

When the Nanny State Index (which I edit) was published a few months ago, the Czech Republic came at the bottom the…

It’s the economy, stupid – why minimum pricing won’t work

There was a reminder last week that politics produces strange bed-fellows when the Institute of Alcohol Studies (formerly known as the…

The Pioppi Diet is a superficial lifestyle guide based on distorted evidence

Pioppi is a very small village in southern Italy. It is one of those places where people are reputed to…

Imaginary intolerances and stupid food fads: the world needs The Angry Chef

Two books were published on the same day last week about the science of food. You can read my review of The…

The smoking ban turns ten. What did it really achieve?

Saturday sees the tenth anniversary of the smoking ban in England. A curse or a blessing depending on your point…

Ignore the lazy headlines. Chips don’t ‘double your chances of death’

You can increase your chances of living forever by avoiding french fries, according to the Telegraph. Eating chips ‘doubles your…

Where do the parties stand on the nanny state? For libertarians, the outlook is bleak

It might not be front of mind for everybody at election time but for single-issue voters like me, only one…