Does alcohol make us more right-wing?

At Spectator Coffee House Similarly, as this study of the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam shows, ‘anxiety exerts a general inhibitory effect on harmful acts toward other humans regardless of whether the motivation for those harmful acts is selfish or utilitarian.’ People, once loosened up by alcohol, are more willing to punish wrongdoers, and certainly drink is long associated with violence and in particular communal mob violence. Personally this jars with my own experience; since conservatism is associated with higher levels… Read on

Britain will never have a Mediterranean drinking culture

Britain will never have a Mediterranean drinking culture

One of the many things I prefer about being in France to England, along with the superior food, beautiful architecture and even more beautiful language, is their civilised attitude to alcohol – cheap, freely available and not used by the authorities as an excuse to constantly tell the population how horrible and rubbish they are. So on one level the letter by medical experts urging the Government to take “bold action” by bringing in minimum prices for drinks should leave… Read on