alcohol

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,…

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How a typo tricked the media: half a beer a week won’t harm your health

Eggs were on faces yesterday after some astonishingly bad science reporting in sections of the media. In articles that have…

Stub out the fags, pour away the booze. Britain has succumbed to the nanny state

The nanny state has spoken and we, the people, have listened. Worse still, we’ve obeyed. Figures released by the Office…

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A beer a day to raise your risk of prostate cancer? Don’t believe it

Having just a drink a day could raise men’s risk of prostate cancer by a fifth, a study published in…

Stop making health and well-being a moral issue

Applying a human moral construct to nature by dividing foods and lifestyles into good and bad is misleading. In reality,…