Alcohol

Britain’s relationship with booze is beyond abusive

1 February 2020 9:00 am

I’m not one of these teetotallers who frowns on people who imbibe, like an angsty ex-smoker who petulantly swats away…

Tips for Christmas tipples

16 November 2019 9:00 am

It’s telling that perhaps the best wine book of last year, Amber Revolution by Simon Woolf, was self-published, though you’d…

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Alcohol is the perfect cure for deafness

2 November 2019 9:00 am

New York   A busy ten days, or nights rather, with some heroic drinking thrown in for good measure. Hangovers…

How to live life like a drunk

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Since I’m not an alcoholic, recovering or otherwise, I don’t belong to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) but I am close to…

The joy of scrumpy

27 April 2019 9:00 am

‘How’s your day going?’ said the taxi driver as he snapped his knob into drive. If I caught the plane…

I ended New Year’s Eve more sober than I started it

12 January 2019 9:00 am

We were eight for dinner on New Year’s Eve: four men and four women with a combined age, I would…

Getting on – and falling off – the wagon

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Radio 3 tries to distract listeners from music by posing little quizzes and hearing quirky details of history from a…

Who was the first suicide bomber?

15 September 2018 9:00 am

The first suicide bomber Boris Johnson was criticised for likening Theresa May’s Chequers deal to a ‘suicide vest’ around the…

Dr Toby’s booze advice: the better the wine, the less bad it is for you

15 September 2018 9:00 am

I don’t hold out much hope for Drink Free Days, a new campaign launched by Public Health England and the…

The drinkers of the Coach and Horses in Michael Heath’s ‘The Regulars’ cartoon strip. Christopher Howse sits at the right end of the bar

Remembering Soho: A conversation on debauchery, drunks and Francis Bacon

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Christopher Howse has just written a book about Soho. He drank there regularly with Michael Heath, The Spectator’s cartoon editor,…

Who knew that Arabic has more than 30 words for wine?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

You know you’re in good hands when the dedication reads: ‘To the writers, drinkers and freethinkers of the Arab and…

My Burns Night haircut

3 February 2018 9:00 am

At three o’clock I took half a bottle of Glenmorangie with me to Jimmy’s. That it was Burns Night, and…

Did a vodka ban precipitate the Russian Revolution?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

It’s one of the more mysterious features of human history that people of every era and in almost every place…

Jeremy Clark: Was this a cruise ship — or Colditz?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

We ascended the gangplank and were smartly directed to the ship’s library, where the seated purser swiped my debit card…

Oxford is full of overindulged whiners. It wasn’t like that in my day

23 April 2016 9:00 am

I was in the attic killing some Taleban on Medal of Honor when Girl interrupted and said: ‘Dad, what’s this?’…

Confessions of a Saga lout

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Baby boomers like me aren’t giving up irresponsible hedonism as we age. We’re just getting worse at it

The poetic power of Patrick Hamilton's pubs

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Nice airport was more or less deserted. Two-and-a-half hours early for the easyJet flight to Gatwick, I had a leisurely…

Mark Twain was right: it is our redeeming petty vices that make life worth living

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Here I go again. I have stopped smoking. Until recently I had been smoking about 40 cigarettes a day, but…

Banish the canapé and give me a cocktail sausage!

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Let’s get rid of these ridiculous thimble-sized offerings

Talking ’bout milk and alcohol

28 November 2015 9:00 am

A few years ago, I came across an interview with an illustrious French chef who had made his home in…

The office party should not be hard work

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Is anything worse than the office Christmas party? It is almost always a horror show. Colleagues who are cheerful all…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Jeremy Corbyn, fanatic

21 November 2015 9:00 am

When Jeremy Corbyn says it is better to bring people to trial than to shoot them, he is right. So…

Franz Marangolo’s advertisement , 1950 (From The Life Negroni)

A soothing Negroni for la dolce vita

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The first draft of the famous story was called ‘A Martini as Big as the Ritz’. That’s not true, but…

Siena shows that northern Italy is just better at getting drunk

12 September 2015 9:00 am

The Indian summer was still fending off the mists and mellow fruitfulness. But the autumn term was about to begin;…

Giving up alcohol is not as much fun as I’d hoped

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Two months ago, I set myself the target of losing 11 pounds in time for the Spectator’s summer party on…