The glory of German wines

13 April 2024 9:00 am

I have had three recent conversations, all lively if unrelated – and all well lubricated. The first concerned Anglo-Saxon England…

They call me the ‘problem teetotaller’

21 October 2023 9:00 am

My guts went on strike last July. I was staying in a hotel and I spent several days sprawled on…

Another tragic case involving medical incompetence and cover-up

26 August 2023 9:00 am

John Niven had to fight hard to discover why his suicidal brother was left alone and unmonitored in an Ayrshire hospital, with fatal consequences

In defence of drunken freshers’ weeks

19 August 2023 9:00 am

Students need a drunken freshers’ week

Going for broke

12 August 2023 9:00 am

The founding member of the Small Faces was playing an instrument from the age of six, but was forever haunted by the fear of MS, the inherited disease which eventually killed him

A farewell to alcohol

5 August 2023 9:00 am

Laikipia Some are saved by Jesus and they are sober. For others, drunkenness is as natural as love-making, roasted meat…

Our nanny state holds back Britain’s young

30 April 2023 3:25 am

Clever people often believe that their cleverness gives them the right to control other people. Nowhere is this more manifest than…

Smoking is more hassle than it’s worth

8 October 2022 9:00 am

I gave up smoking one year ago this week, as part of a series of pitiful capitulations to the forces…

Japan's cult of safetyism

29 August 2022 8:19 pm

The Japanese government has launched an initiative to encourage young people to drink more alcohol. Yes, really. The national tax…

Why we drink

26 March 2022 9:00 am

‘I like to have a martini,/ Two at the very most./ After three I’m under the table,/ After four I’m…

The blind spot in the SNP's 'war on drink'

19 August 2021 3:30 pm

Scotland’s grim reputation for abnormally high drug fatalities has become embedded in the public consciousness over the past year. The…

A taste inquisition on Stink Street

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Walking up through the Stink Street medieval arch with a bag of shopping, I spotted Michael between the oleander branches…

In defence of gambling

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Doing good doesn’t always work out as expected. A regular entering his local pub takes pity on an old lady…

My neighbour’s dinner party was a near-death experience

21 November 2020 9:00 am

At dawn, starving, I drove to a commercial laboratory in the town centre where five phials of blood were taken…

The joy of drinking alone

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Thanks to a combination of night-time curfews, social-distancing rules, pubs closing, restaurants failing, the ‘rule of six’ and compulsory mask-wearing,…

How to save our nightlife after coronavirus

14 May 2020 12:32 am

The one certainty about crisis is that it makes bad situations worse. Anyone working in restaurants, pubs, cafes and clubs…

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Beware the COVID-19 nannies!

7 April 2020 2:34 am

COVID-19 has suddenly made much of the western public health establishment effectively redundant. Unused to dealing with infectious disease, we…

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…