New Year resolutions: optimism v experience
Around a third of British people are trying to keep new year’s resolutions this month. Is January an ideal chance to improve our lives or an annual bonanza of indulgent wishful thinking?
Generation sensible: UK teens give up alcohol
Is this a tipping point for society’s favourite drug? Humanity has been consuming alcohol for at least 10,000 years, but now almost a third of young people do not drink at all.
Demi Lovato stable after ‘opioid overdose’
Can childhood fame ruin your life? The former Disney star was found unconscious at her home after a long battle with addiction. She is not the first young star to struggle in the spotlight.
First ever alcoholic Coke to hit shelves
Is Coca-Cola on its way out? The company is constantly launching new products, including a Japanese alcopop. But its flagship drink, Coke, is struggling as the soda market shrinks.
‘New young fogeys’ stop smoking and drinking
The youth in England are living more cleanly than ever, new figures show. Being young is changing — so is this a sensible response to new pressures, or a sign of loneliness and narcissism?
Fights, riots, tear gas: football in the dock
Our football correspondent was in Marseille for England v Russia and witnessed the fighting. The teams have been threatened with expulsion. Does the problem lie in football itself?
Drinking apes hint at evolution of alcoholism
For the first time ever, scientists have observed chimpanzees habitually drinking alcohol. Does the history of the world’s favourite drug stretch back beyond even the dawn of humans?
Britain revealed as a nation of secret boozers
A new study has found that British people are drinking much more than they admit. Abuse means grave consequences for individuals and society: does the nation have an alcohol problem?
Ministers call time on ‘bargain booze’
By imposing a minimum price on alcohol sales and banning multibuy deals, the Government hopes to curb dangerous drinking. Is the problem really that simple?
Drinks firm backs alcohol advice during pregnancy
A major drinks company is bankrolling a health initiative warning expectant mothers against alcohol. Can we trust big business with our health?
Alcohol initiative under fire during ‘nudge week’
Ministers think they can gently 'nudge' people towards a healthy lifestyle. Health charities say it's not enough. But whose body – and mind – is it anyway?
Religion, football and violence: a toxic mix
Celtic and Rangers go head-to-head in a violent clash. 230 are arrested. Will bigotry, poverty and drink be the death of football in Glasgow?
Uncorked! World’s oldest winery discovered
The world’s oldest winery has been discovered in an Armenian cave; so we’ve been drinking alcohol for at least 6000 years. Is that something to celebrate?