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Can the binge-drinking killjoys please chill out? We’re trying to get drunk

6 August 2015 13:06

Nothing better sums up the out-of-touchness of public-health prigs than the debate about so-called binge drinking. To these teetotal, ciggie-dodging suits, for whom fun is the foulest of f-words, and who… Continue reading

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Middle class people are not the most at risk from alcohol-related harm, despite drinking more

The myth of the ‘middle class drink epidemic’

24 July 2015 11:48

With alcohol consumption falling every year for over a decade it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain the myth that Britain is in the grips of a drinking epidemic, but… Continue reading

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

27 May 2015 23:19

The man in the pub’s solution to the ongoing panic about legal highs is to ban them. ‘Ban ‘em all! S’obvious, innit? I can’t believe politicians haven’t thought of it… Continue reading

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The public health lobby were expecting Gin Lane to reappear

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

20 May 2015 12:29

One of the many old temperance beliefs that linger on in the field of ‘public health’ is known as availability theory. Put simply, this theory says that if you make… Continue reading

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Women drivers could force a draconian drink-driving limit on us. Why not set a higher limit for men?

19 May 2015 12:15

Drink-driving is back. Which isn’t to say it’s on the rise – quite the contrary –but it’s high on the agenda at every level of government. The Department for Transport has… Continue reading

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‘Binge Britain’ has ended. Get over it

13 May 2015 10:58

A certain amount of amnesia is required if you are to believe everything the ‘public health’ lobby tells you. Alcohol is frequently in the media but the only story relating… Continue reading

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Cheap alcohol leads to violent crime, say ‘experts’. Where’s the evidence?

29 April 2015 14:10

Stanley Cohen, the legendary criminologist and author of Folk Devils and Moral Panics, once commented on ‘the unique dilemma of the moral entrepreneur who has to defend the success of… Continue reading

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I know I shouldn’t ask this, but is cocaine really that addictive?

9 April 2015 17:36

Cocaine addiction is a dreadful thing. I’ve seen it so many times: bright, once-pretty people with washed-out grey faces who can’t think about anything else. Children, partners, careers – they… Continue reading

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A poor fried canary, visualised by thechive.com

Hangover? Try chewing on a deep-fried canary

18 March 2015 10:00

For hardened drinkers, looking for the perfect hangover cure is like the search for the fountain of youth. To drink and drink without any consequences is the stuff of fantasy… Continue reading

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A century on, Scotland still has a drink problem

11 February 2015 15:27

The tragedy of the Rab C Nesbitt caricature is that there is a lot of truth in it – Scots do tend to have more problems with booze then those… Continue reading

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Experts Judge The Annual International Wine Challenge Entries

Let’s face it, we need to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol — and legalise other drugs

29 January 2015 17:15

In the last few years alcohol has become the leading cause of death in men under 50 years of age, and it will soon achieve a similar deadly status in… Continue reading

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8 reasons why dry January could be bad for your health

9 January 2015 10:41

Have you renounced alcohol for the first month of the year after a festive binge? Maybe you’re doing it for charity or for the sake of your liver. But is… Continue reading

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The Pulse: Could red wine solve the world’s problems? Probably not…

6 October 2014 12:35

The Pulse is the Spectator’s answer to media nonsense about health. Tom Chivers looks past the headlines and all the conflicting advice about health in the news to find out… Continue reading

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The Spectator: defending drunkenness since 1828

23 September 2014 10:51

University terms are getting started and this year’s Freshers may be glad to read that The Spectator has always staunchly supported the right to get drunk. In the late 19th… Continue reading

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Pubs And Clubs in England and Wales Prepare For New Licensing Laws

Forget warnings and labels. Make problem drinkers pay for their excess

11 August 2014 13:26

It was news to me that there exists an All Party Commons Committee on Alcohol Misuse, but when you think about it, the notion makes complete sense; for evidence, all… Continue reading

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London’s party-hungry Russians suffer Putin problem

3 June 2014 12:16

Word reaches Mr S of the plight of Mr Alexander Sucenko, organiser of next Saturday’s annual Russian Summer Ball. The ball is said to be in jeopardy because nobody wants to… Continue reading

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Student Protest

The death of student activism

22 May 2014 16:00

Oxford students heard this morning that, after a three-day referendum, our student union, OUSU, will be disaffiliating from the National Union of Students. I voted to break with the NUS,… Continue reading

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Drinkaware in Chelsea

12 May 2014 15:31

Kensington and Chelsea Council can do nothing to counter its reputation as the most affluent borough in London. In fact, it revels in the notoriety. Take a look at the council’s… Continue reading

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The Speccie and The Staggers will go head to head at the Fortnum and Mason drinks writer of the year award.

Staggers Drawn at Fortnum & Mason Awards

9 April 2014 9:30

As the two leading British political weeklies, the Spectator and the New Statesman, have for many years enjoyed a relationship of jocular antagonism. This amiable sort of rivalry can been maintained as their differences… Continue reading

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Finally, Gerald Scarfe has made it: he has had a bar named after him. (JENS SCHLUETER/AFP/Getty Images)

A tipple and a scribble with Gerald Scarfe

8 April 2014 12:46

Mr Steerpike longs for the day that he has a bar named after him, so he went to doff his cap to Gerald Scarfe at Scarfe’s Bar last night. Cartoonist… Continue reading

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What shall we do about Neknominate?

20 February 2014 17:57

I wonder if we should start our own Spectator Blog NekNominations? Open to bloggers and readers. I nominate Daniel Maris to drink a small glass of Pinot Noir while watching… Continue reading

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My January diet and detox – anything to stay in the middle class

9 January 2014 15:20

Like many of you folks out there, I’m currently engaged in the thinly-disguised admission of alcoholism that is ‘Dry January’. I’m also on a diet, and this week have eaten… Continue reading

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Barry Geraghty riding Triolo D'Alene clear of the last to win The Hennessy Gold Cup Steeple Chase at Newbury

Champagne sales point to stable recovery at Gold Cup

2 December 2013 16:35

Green shoots were visible in Newbury on Saturday for the 57th Hennessy Gold Cup. While brandy cocktails warmed the punters in the Fred Winter Suite, Rob Brydon and Martin Clunes… Continue reading

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Champagne for the delegates’ brains

2 October 2013 11:10

The Tory leadership tried to stop ministers, MPs and staff from drinking champagne at the conference. The Spectator party broke all the rules, obviously.

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Two scenes in Henry VIII’s Psalter, illuminated by Jean Mallard, depict the king as David: (right) in the role of penitent and (left) fighting the mighty Goliath of Pope Paul III

The week in books – Tudors, thinkers, dreamers and boozers

9 August 2013 15:54

The book reviews in this week’s issue of the Spectator is worth the cover price. Here is a selection of quotes from some of them. The historian Anne Somerset enjoys… Continue reading

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