Author: Colin Perriss

The price of ignorance

The EU says that it’s most probably illegal to set a minimum price for alcohol, as reported by the BBC. There is an ongoing debate about whether or not setting a minimum price level for alcohol will actually make any difference…

A brave new world

Can you imagine a world without alcoholic drinks? It’s an interesting thought and there are a number of immediate problems associated with it. Firstly there’s the revenue it generates, the employment it provides, the associated industries that are supported by…

Will he or won’t he?

Drink alcohol that is. When people discover my background, I am often asked this question, Do you think that you’ll ever drink alcohol again? My answer is usually the same, I advise that I am not a fortune teller and…

Gold, we don’t need it do we?

Well it depends. The metal version that we find in the ground has limited uses. If my understanding is correct it is a very good heat insulator, its relative scarcity is part of its attraction and it helps some people…

Olympic Mind Games

My understanding of the Olympic Games seems to be a bit out of step. I actually thought that it was about the celebration of the sporting pinnacle of what can be achieved by the human mind and body, with representatives…

Change the message not the till

The Telegraph has reported that NHS Cumbria has suggested that alcohol should only be available from separate checkouts in Supermarkets. The concept seems to be that it will reduce the ‘impulse’ purchasing of alcohol. The proposal is of course well…

The age of reason

Do you know what the law says about how old a child needs to be before they can drink alcohol? The law says, ‘It’s illegal for children under five to drink alcohol at home or on private premises’ So basically…

The eyes have it

Successive governments have all sought to tackle one issue that it seems is perpetually inherited from the previous government, ‘The alcohol problem’ The latest attempt to resolve the problem is to put the price up as statistics apparently suggest that…

Banking on a hangover?

As a four day bank holiday weekend for many fast approaches, some will be thinking about what they will be drinking, where they will be drinking it and wondering if they will avoid the almost inevitable hangover that may well…

Who wants to live forever?

Consuming red wine is sometimes promoted as one way to extend our life span. The Metro recently reported that a team at the Harvard medical school has found that they are able to activate the ‘longevity gene’ in mice by…