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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…

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…

Protein discovered that ‘turns off’ desire for alcohol

Researchers from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre have discovered a protective response in the liver that could be targeted…

Public health zealots want to put alcohol in plain packaging. We can’t afford to listen to them

Two months ago the government made plain packaging of tobacco products mandatory. Now Dr. Judith Mackay, an advisor to the…

No, moderate drinking doesn’t ‘damage the brain’

Recent headlines suggest that drinking, even in moderation, can damage the brain. But the data doesn’t support the claim. Researchers…

Can having a stroke turn you into an alcoholic?

Changes in the brain following stroke could make patients more prone to alcoholism, according to research published in the journal…

How drugs make us fat: why alcohol, caffeine and chocolate are a menace to your waistline

We know that calorie-dense, seductive foods like chips, ice cream, and cookies tend to push us to eat too much…

Does BBC Radio 2 encourage heavy drinking? Welcome to the weird world of public health

Is the BBC driving you to drink? According to a study published in the Journal of Public Health — and…

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Moderate drinking is good for the heart. Why won’t public health admit it?

A new study in the British Medical Journal has found that moderate drinkers have a lower risk of heart attack,…