The UK’s evidence-
based drugs problem
The political class’ addiction to evidence and experts has come back to befuddle it on the terrain of drugs legislation.
|Tuesday 9 October 2012|
Why the booze panic is still staggering on
Officialdom is determined to ‘denormalise’ what the majority of us deem to be perfectly normal: enjoying a few drinks at the end of the day.
|Wednesday 29 August 2012|
The trouble with dope: it rots the soul
Never mind scientific studies into the alleged harms of cannabis - how about making a moral case against dope?
|Thursday 19 July 2012|
Drinking alcohol? That’s not normal!
Attempts by anti-drinking killjoys to ‘denormalise’ an everyday activity are getting ever more patronising.
|Monday 26 March 2012|
Minimum pricing means minimising choice
Ramping up the price of booze won't change drinking habits, but it will squeeze just a little more freedom out of life.
|Wednesday 8 February 2012|
A sober reflection on ‘dangerous drinking’
You’d have to be completely hammered to take seriously the government’s latest bizarre claims about booze.
|Wednesday 1 February 2012|
Don’t replace the drug laws with therapy laws
Campaigners who claim they want to liberalise the drug laws are in fact demanding more state control over drug-users.
|Tuesday 3 January 2012|
Welcome to the Nagging Health Service
Some health fanatics want everyone from GPs to hospital porters to lecture to us about our lifestyles.
|Thursday 10 November 2011|
Our society is hooked on harm reduction
We should approach the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs as a moral question, not as a clinical or legal matter.
|Tuesday 2 August 2011|
Panorama’s addiction to pisspoor journalism
Last night’s edition of the BBC’s current-affairs show was a one-sided showcase for the anti-alcohol lobby.
|Thursday 7 July 2011|
The BMA: modern-day prohibitionists
The British Medical Association is dressing up moralistic attacks on smoking and drinking as health policy.
|Thursday 16 June 2011|
FAS: the gestation of a dubious idea
It is moralism, not evidence, that underpins the advice that pregnant women should abstain from alcohol.
|Monday 7 March 2011|
Turning drinkers into social lepers
A Coalition of the Concerned is determined that those who enjoy a drink should join smokers as modern outcasts.
|Wednesday 1 December 2010|
Resist this nudge towards sobriety
The UK government’s decision to raise duty on high-strength lager in order to change our behaviour diminishes us all.
|Monday 15 November 2010|
A futile intervention into our drinking habits
Just because excessive alcohol consumption can have medical consequences, that doesn't make it a Medical Problem.
|Tuesday 2 November 2010|
Oh no, Nutt again!
A year after being sacked as a government drugs adviser, David Nutt is back to warn of the evils of the demon drink.
|Tuesday 19 October 2010|
The British elite prefers polite Malthusianism
The American woman paying British drug addicts to stop breeding is only saying out loud what respectable people normally say in code.
|Monday 11 October 2010|
Save us all from ‘alcohol awareness’
Save Dave, the latest government anti-drinking campaign, imagines the British everyman as a drunk simpleton.
|Tuesday 14 September 2010|
My name is Austin, I hate underage drinking laws
A 20-year-old American student warns Britain not to adopt America’s puritanical and invasive alcohol policies.
|Monday 6 September 2010|
A licence to interfere in our everyday lives
The Lib-Cons’ proposed reforms to the licensing laws would make them even more authoritarian and killjoy than they already are - no mean feat.