Binge drinking

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,…

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…

‘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…

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 View from 22 — death of the middle class, entrepreneurial gypsies, HS2 and binge drinking

22 August 2013 9:03

Is the great stabilising force in British society disappearing? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, deputy editor of the…

John Hayes: Muslims are right about Britain

28 March 2013 14:40

John Hayes, the prime minister’s latest tribune, achieved some fame or infamy, depending on your view, when he wrote the…

To combat binge drinking among the young, make it easier for people to drink under-age in pubs

17 January 2011 19:16

Mary Ann Sieghart has a great piece in the Independent today about how, inadvertently, we have designed a system that…

Minimum unit pricing: NICE, but wrong

2 June 2010 17:52

So, NICE, the body charged with ensuring cost-effectiveness in the NHS, says that alcohol minimum unit pricing is the most…

Drink isn’t the curse of the working classes, but its easy availability is

20 January 2010 8:59

It must be stated from the outset – most drinkers are responsible and drink only on special occasions, with other…

Labour calls cease-fire on binge drinking

20 December 2009 15:04

The government has sued for peace. The Observer reports that in the face of lobbying from the drinks industry, the…