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…

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…

The Times is wrong about a sugar tax. It won’t make us thinner — just poorer

The Times has come out in favour of a sugar tax today. ‘It is time for a sugar tax,’ says…

Australia’s health activists don’t like freedom. So now they want to redefine it

It is a sure sign that a person is against freedom when they start trying to redefine it. Even politicians…

In terms of cold, hard cash, smoking is good for taxpayers. Public health campaigns aren’t

An article in the Guardian warns readers that ‘cuts to public health funding will cost the NHS dear’. This is…

The latest ‘science’ on sugar is so flawed it tells us nothing whatsoever

Robert Lustig is a Californian scientist and anti-sugar campaigner who became a minor internet sensation with his YouTube video, The…

Cheese, ‘as addictive as crack cocaine’? Heavy users don’t need to worry

‘Cheese is “as addictive” as heroin, say scientists’. ‘Cheese is like crack, according to research’. ‘Shock study reveals cheese is…

The Coca-Cola ‘exposé’ had all the spin of a classic anti-sugar smear piece

The Times ran an ‘exposé’ of Coca-Cola funding of scientists last week which was similar to the New York Times…

The EU’s attack on e-cigarettes will bring a golden age of vaping to an end

Walking down most British high streets you could be forgiven for thinking that e-cigarettes are more common than tobacco. It’s…

On e-cigarette safety The Lancet has decided to shoot the messenger

So the pushback begins. An anonymous editorial in The Lancet today wields the hatchet at the recent Public Health England…

George Monbiot says obesity is an ‘incurable disease’. Here is what’s wrong with his evidence

In the pages of the Guardian today, George Monbiot claims that ‘obesity is an incurable disease’ that ‘resembles cancer’. Needless…

Australia’s shark-punching outlaw spirit is losing its battle with the nanny state

Last September, a 20-year-old man was retrieving a goose he had shot in Australia’s Northern Territory when a crocodile dragged…

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…

The BBC swallows more fanatical nonsense from Action on Sugar

Action on Sugar, the bastard offspring of Consensus Action on Salt, has noticed that dried fruit contains sugar. As with…

The new ban on ‘legal highs’ is unworkable. The government doesn’t even know what it’s banning

The man in the pub’s solution to the ongoing panic about legal highs is to ban them. ‘Ban ‘em all!…

A tax on sugar won’t work, as the shipwreck of the Danish ‘fat tax’ shows

Bad ideas die hard in the world of ‘public health’, especially when the government can make money out of them.…

Ten years on, the public health puritans who predicted 24-hour drinking look like idiots

One of the many old temperance beliefs that linger on in the field of ‘public health’ is known as availability…

Obesity isn’t a ‘disease’, whatever the American Medical Association may think

This week, The Guardian informed us, a study revealed the ‘scale of the British public’s denial about weight problems’. Data…