Alcoholism

Reflections on the death of Griffith Edwards

Reflections on the death of Griffith Edwards

Griffith Edwards died last week. He wasn’t exactly famous, except within alcohol policy circles, but as one of the intellectual pillars of what I term medical temperance his influence and ideas shape the politics of drinking today, from the nature of...

Undeserving drinkers: moralism and the alcohol strategy

Undeserving drinkers: moralism and the alcohol strategy

It was a premature birth and the mother was unexpected. Instead of health minister Andrew Lansley delivering the Government Alcohol Strategy this week, home secretary Theresa May suddenly appeared as his surrogate last Friday.

Gerry Price: 'Don't blame us'

Don’t blame licensees for bingeing menace

By Gerry Price

The drink debate is firmly on the agenda in pubs, clubs, doctors’ surgeries and even the House of Commons bar, where it could be said that low prices encourage our stressed MPs to binge at the taxpayers’ expense. 

'Is Cameron covering over the cracks of his health reform?' asks Phil Mellows

Binge Britain – Cameron sends in the tanks

By Phil Mellows

The words ‘drunk tank’ conjure up conflicting emotions for me. I think of Fairytale of New York and get all warm Christmassy feelings. Then I think of poor Kirsty MacColl, oh why did she have to die?